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Submitted by Lottie on Sun, 2009-02-22 13:07
I gave my friend Alfie a mini tour of our route. He's looking forward to meeting you and was studying your little book. We drew an alien on the car park roof and built shelter from the rain with our rucksacks and an old umbrella.
In Lottie’s work I liked the word ‘bravery’, I think this is brave work because I would be very nervous to attempt any of the sort of moves that we saw at the end, as she described, ‘eloquent moves’, just amazing stuff. But it is also possible to think in her work of the body as a drawing tool, as a way of recording space but also intervening and critiquing space, as a critical tool. I thought this was really refreshing and really exciting in the way that she is working. Very gentle in a way but also potentially really, really challenging.
“Giving people actual physical stuff to do things with was great -
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“I had a really cool time in loughborough on sunday and I would love to participate in similar things in the future. Today I am gonna plant the seeds you gave me! I wanna come up with more stuff to do, like playing with hula hoops on the street, burst out in song randomly etc. Gonna talk to some more friends today so I am gonna see if they have any ideas as well!”
“I think Street Training is perfect for “team building” and “opening your mind” experiences. It makes you dare things and take care and trust in other participants at the same time and has effects on different parts of your life”
“About the street-training in Linz I want to say that it was a very important experience for me. I thought, I´m walking through my city with open eyes, but to DO things in open space that can enchant the surrounding: wow! I wish all the best and say THANK YOU to Lottie who is a very special woman.”
The things I did were to write on the little flourescent cards - 'you seem like a nice person', or 'you look like nice friends to have'. I just handed them to people, with no real interaction, but I picked out people that I really meant it towards. Each person I chose didn't let me down as they took the card and said thank you before even reading it. When they did read it they looked back in my direction and smiled, and I was surprised at just how happy that made me feel! You can imagine that this intervention wouldn't have been very successful if it was seen as part of a wider project. (Let alone an art project.)
“because we went through that hole in the advertising hoarding I think I will investigate things more now when I’m by myself”
“as a group we make a kind of private space and we can invite people in – to join the group as we move through the streets”
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