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2021820


❧ drove cross country to work at a family farm in Oregon while listening to the incredible ‘The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone’ audiobook, by Olivia Laing  

❧ looking forward to the start of a 6 month work exchange artist residency at The Wedding Cake House

❧ laying the foundations for ‘Dear Future’- a photo project exploring time and perspective through double exposures





2021223


❧ thinking about time, work and rush in Mario Savio’s 1964 “put your bodies upon the gears” address:


There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machines will be prevented from working at all!


❧ revisiting Johanna Hedva’s Sick Woman Theory:


The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself. To take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring. To take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it. To protect each other, to enact and practice community. A radical kinship, an interdependent sociality, a politics of care.


❧ tv! i’m making moodboards to help adapt Claire & Isabel Chao’s memoir ‘Remembering Shanghai’ into a drama series


❧ working on a piece about love for Ali Van’s forthcoming publication ‘Rolodex’