Now the last time I posted about a project by Simon Pope I got into a debate about whether participatory experiential work qualifies as art worth funding. I don't really want to go there again, I feel no more qualified to judge such things then I did that time round.
All I know is that Pope's projects seem to explore and connect things that are of interest to me. For example, Charade involves memory, cultural archiving, walking and identity. I'm thinking of taking part:
Television's over. Networks are down. The radio is silent. All files erased. Imagine every book, film, play or song is about to be destroyed.
What would you save?
Each participant chooses a cultural work and sets out to become a living archive. Memorising the work and ultimately becoming it. In the process the group are going to meet up for walks around London.
The sensible thing to do would be to pick something short like a song, but I've never really been the sensible sort. Both to keep true to what is most important to me and for the challenge, it has to be a book.
I've decided on The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton for a few reasons:
- I genuinely love it
- All those adolescent repeat readings/film viewings mean I already have chunks of it committed to memory
- I really believe it is a book worth saving
- It's celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year
- The narrative is first person (somehow I think this is going to help me commit it to memory)
- It's short enough that the task of learning it doesn't absolutely terrify me
Not quite sure how I'm going to go about the task as yet - I'll let you know how I get on...