Learning to love you exists as a of 70 assignments created by artists Harrell Fletcher, Miranda July and Yuri Ono given to the general public. The members of the public then return the material they have generated from these assignments back to the artists. They are then collected and displayed online and as a changing series of presentations taking to a number of different locations.
This collective provides quite a unifying experience and prompts a re-connection with a level of humanity that loses its way in perhaps a world of technologically enhanced individualism and artificial reality. The acts are quite poetic and beautiful, and the use of the internet as a platform for this work is interesting. It demonstrates collaboration and draws people into connecting with reality, it highlights and encourages tenderness and enjoyment, silliness and love, this is quite a contrast to the works I have been looking at so far – those addressing the alienation, individualism and separation that comes from a life involved closely in the ‘excess’ of internet.
Assignment #1: Make a child’s outfit in an adult size.
Assignment #39: Take a picture of your parents kissing
Assignment #54: Draw the news
As well as considering the capacity for collaboration a more sensitive and ‘human’ side present within the vastness of the internet. This work has been helping me to understand the artists role in collaborative work. I consider the work I am producing at the moment as collaborative, I am collecting and working with unsuspecting and unknown contributors – those who have published material on the internet, and attempting to draw it together to answer and address central questions to the nature of life within a digital society. The artists in the ‘learning to love you’ collaborative act as prompters through the choice of assignments, collectors and curators of the materials they receive in return. I see this idea feeding into my own practice.