Feeling very grateful for all of the generous people who have been sharing their thoughts and experiences re Sleep No More via my survey and opting-in for an interview. Keep them rolling in!
There are no wrong answers and really very little that would exclude you from being able to have your say. Haven’t been to the McKittrick in a long, long time? No problem! Want to stay completely anonymous? No problem! Actually really didn’t enjoy the experience of Sleep No More (or have gone a bit sour on it)? No problem! The more responses, the more detail of the individual experiences of people who have engaged with it the better :) Bring it on!
One of the main reasons I’m trying to get this blogging thing up and happening is that I think it will be a useful resource for my PhD. When I look back at things I’ve written I’m often surprised by how much I seemed to know about my projects, my ideas, my life in general without realising that I knew those things at the time. I’m still working out how best to do this though – particularly as I don’t want to write too literally about the PhD itself here as I think I’d rather keep this space a little lower stakes.
So, I’ve been keeping my eye out for ways other researchers or writers or artists (or anyone) use their blogging as a kind of cataloguing as well as conversation-having tool.
One of the most unique examples I’ve come across so far is Sandra Gaudenzi’s ‘Visual Haiku’ of her PhD experience. You can see it here: Visual Haiku .:. Interactive Documentary. I’m really drawn to this idea. Maybe because, when I was studying Fine Arts last year, I really enjoyed the break from written language and I’ve been lamenting the fact that I’ve lost track of that so far this year. The ‘Visual Haiku’ – or something along similar lines – feels like an opportunity to simultaneously stretch and relax my brain and gain a different kind of insight into what I’m doing.
I had no idea this was online! It’s quite strange and quite funny (has a similar feel to many of the Ben & Jerry Horne scenes at The Great Northern).
On The Air (1992) – David Lynch & Mark Frost Sitcom – YouTube.
I have some marvelously talented friends (Click through to see the video):
Desirous from Laura Purcell on Vimeo.
You had me at “a book that can’t be translated”. Also, how about that, a crowd-funding platform that’s just for books. Awesome.
The first entry in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’ web series: ‘Sonder’.
In the past, that feeling of realising everyone around me has their own life, their own network of friends, family, work, habits, etc has been what has thrilled and amazed me. But, as I watched this video, I became aware of the other side of that: me as an ‘extra’ in other people’s lives. That I might be in a plane flying over someone else’s head, waiting in queue with someone, browsing the same book online, etc. The world is really very, very full of ‘stuff’. How does it all stay afloat?