Oh That the World Were Full of Hoppy Hoppy Sparrows!

Day Thirty Two: Friday 29th July 2011

Performance Broadcast

Part One:

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Welcome from the Live Stream Chat Room:

TheLoftProject mod: hello world today i am checking out my living section of the 
loft and have another pair of red curtains and my bedding
TheLoftProject mod: so far ive hung my curtains up 
and have laid out my bedding and kind of ending up sitting back and relaxing ha! 
so if you would like to know anything about the loft or wish to share a bed time 
story
TheLoftProject mod: I know it's only 10.30 in the morning ...
TheLoftProject mod: jane will be with me from 12.00 to do some dance/performance 
exercises in the loft everyone at home will be welcome to join in!
TheLoftProject mod: water installation a la shells
TheLoftProject mod: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe3St1GgoHQ

Bedding – bedding bag – curtains – finding a place to hang them – curtain in front of the screen – playing with curtains behind the first set – the big unveiling!!!
Bad ukulele playing – looking into the next box of homeware items – putting the camera in a certain position – camera freezes 🙁
The broadcast is reset to captured the action as I move the homeware objects around the loft as I seek to find them a new home.

Part Two:
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This file is no longer available due to a resource failure in the archive control procedures of the proprietary live streaming provider for Instability in Stability.*

In re-starting the live stream the camera angle is adjusted. I find a home for a Star Reef, a Christmas decoration found in amongst my homeware items. As the reef traditional hangs on a door as symbol of good luck I was prompted me to think about where the front door  to this archive resides, where is its entrance – online or in the loft?

Going back to the random box of home items I own, I pull out a star bowl and talk about my experience of working for Laura Ashley for a year and a half, the shop where the bowl happened to come from. I play with activating the bowl, spinning it around and turning the shell contents into an installation.

“Water installation a la Shells” unravels over a period of 10-15 minutes with musical accompaniment courtesy of YouTube. A series of tracks played, setting different ambiences for the shell documents and their performance to camera.

In the search for more music to accompany the installation I found a video about a new sport called Liquid Mountaineering https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe3St1GgoHQ 

I finish looking through this box and go to another one labelled “Wind Chimes and Hanging Objects”. I pick one up and am about to describe its significance and log its metadata, when Jane appears. After catching up on how each of us are progressing with our respective projects Jane proposes an exercise:

Pick an object you drawn to in the loft and described any associations I have with the item – any memories, any defining features/qualities of the item, where it comes from, what people are connected to the object, etc. as Jane moves and improvises with it.

The items Jane encountered and was moved to dance with were:
Hanging Candle Decoration
Picture Frame and an image of Galloping Guineapigs in Globe Cottage
Snow Suit and Red Jacket and Dress
Yoga Blocks
Octopus Shower Cap
Purple Wig
Red Paper Hat

Jane then took control of the broadcast moving with the camera through the space, getting up close and personal with the items, attempting to re-tell their stories from her own perspective. The session finished with me interviewing Jane about her experience of interacting with the items in the loft, what level of access she felt she had to the objects, and what she would do differently with the exercise next time.

In the very last five minutes of the broadcast we focused on one final object which was spotting sitting amongst the wind chimes and hanging objects. It lay amongst a series of fridge magnets. I describe their associations to the archive and we take much delight in finding one in entitled: The Hoppy Hoppy Sparrow. The magnet reads:

“The Hoppy Hoppy Sparrow plants beautiful thoughts that grow like FLOWERS in the BLACKNESS of SPACE
Note
Oh that the World were full of Hoppy Hoppy Sparrows”

Each and every encounter I have had in the loft has acted like a small seed which can grow into a beautiful flower of memories. If you plant many through the void of space you can grow a garden busting with colour, smells, and the sounds of life buzzing in the air – the life of memories, experiences and exchange. I would like to invite all you Hoppy Hoppy Sparrows into my archive and to plant seeds of your own beautiful thoughts and to share, nurture and observe how they can intermingle, to create a new vista of horizons and possibilities.

*note added 25th April 2012

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