I am delighted to share with you the good news – I have been awarded an Arts council England Grant for the Arts to enable me to immerse myself for a while in deep research and development of an exciting new project. It’s a bit different to what I usually do – but it draws together my personal passion for objects, art, people and technology.
You can read more about it here (apologies if you see a few ads – it’s a temporary site and a temporary name)
It is early days and I’ll be consulting with people from various sectors over the coming months – watch out for updates and please subscribe to my website if you don’t already – I’ll be letting you know how you can become involved in the near future.
Remembrance Sunday is important to us today, but it is aso important that we hold in our social memorybanks that all those who died were people, with families, friends and lovers. And that it isn’t just soldiers that are killed in wars.
My father was in the Dutch resistance, he was too young to sign up to the army. He and my grandfather were imprisoned for that activity. Dad wrote memoirs which he hoped to publish, but it didn’t happen (yet). These stories and associated objects (we have a wooden spoon that Dad used in prison) are the things that have inspired The Story of Objects.
Today I have added a link to a soundfile that explains the motivation behind the project – it’s a bit emotional but I don’t apologise for that. I hadn’t planned to release this today, but all the remembrance Sunday events and discussion about the Poppies at the Tower of London have brought it all up to the surface again.
Following my last blog post about it, I received interest from several artists – thank you. I hope in the future we can work together, but at this point, I need coders, cultural geographers, archaeologists and web developers to help me to make it happen.
Have a look have a listen, get back to me.