‘Put Yourself on the Map’ is a piece i did in response to the Miles Km project in Madrid. We were all hosted by our Spanish collaborators and to help us navigate the city they would draw us maps of where they lived. i began to collect them all in my notebook, a series of sketches of local landmarks and peoples houses. I asked for the English to draw their versions and included them all in a zine. I put up some A2 card for the public to participate in the project by drawing their local area. 2 maps of Madrid and London were drawn opposite the zines on a table. I really liked the archiving nature of this project and each sketch is personal and unique. It acts as a souvenir for everybody who took part in the project.
‘By the Face’ is a collaborative piece betweeen myself and Alexia as part of the Miles Km project in Madrid in April. Alexia and I installed a canvas in which audience members pressed their faced up against, and then got their face painted. what remained is a vague texture of the contours of the individual. We wanted the painting to relate to a photograph or a scan of a moment, visually the piece was compelling and haunting although the participation was playful and fun. It was brilliant using painting in a live participatory format, and me and Alexia hope to install ‘By the Face’ in other countries as part of a series.
the rain in spain falls mostly on my only pair of clothes. I put my tesshirts out to dry this morning because they wernt given enough time before rotting in a soggy mess in my bag before arriving. Sunday was a rainy one. Got to Las Latinas met Claira Le Marchand & Jaime Jaime Barcaitegui for coffee before going to his music studio in Diego De Leon.
We recorded some music to the soundtrack for Claira and others group collaborative project. After this i went back downtown to meet my collaborative partner Alexia and discuss our live painting for the show on Friday. I suggested we do something like yestyerday where we hang a large bedsheet for a big collaborative painting. she liked this idea and we are going to develop it further. We then ran from bar to bar dodging puddles and smashing tapas.
One idea we had for a group project is to collect from everyone the maps their hosts have written for them and print them all in a nice a5 zine. it will be our own personal collective map.
well i arrived at midday and went straight to town where we began painting bed sheets on the street. This was part of Ramon’s collaboration with Dom head, a 2nd year painter at Wimbledon.
The aim was to create dialogue with this intervention and public participation. We began painting collaboratively, Dom painted a statement from the newspaper whilst we selected colours as we went. It was a a friendly procedure, many people came and asked questions and gave opinions. people also began adding to the paintings.
On the larger canvas we used our bodies as templates to trace through. The textures of our face become visible in a haunting image from event.
These paintings are still hanging.