This month I was invited by artists J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion to come out to their 'living art comlexity' - Mildred's Lane. It is a wonderful place where life, art, education and ecology come together in a convivial spirit on an old farmstead in Narrowsburg on the border of New York and Pennsylvania in the US. It is the off season, and was thick in snow, the place runs formal sessions with fellows in the summer. None-the-less a handful of wonderful creative folks gathered to eat and talk. What a wonderful and inspiring place.
I have been collaborating with artist George Shaw on the mindful encounters project. We did the whole 16 hours over two days, with a week in between the first and second day. It was all performed in public spaces in Manhattan. At the end of the first day, we engaged in the video performance Transferral, a still of which is below.
George commented "There’s a lot of gentle smiling going on but for a moment my smile masks a tightness in my chest that is not physiological but emotional. I’m not sure why this is happening but I try not to fight it. It takes me by surprise though. For a brief moment I can feel my eyes about to well up but I push through the moment and take back control. Seconds later H calls time and it happens to be just in time."