A participatory event encouraging people and things to encounter one another in a non-habitual manner. Guests were invited to follow a Thing-Loop, a guiding line of things – materials, objects, entities with the material qualities of length and flexibility – linked together to circumnavigate the garden and house. This Thing-Loop provide both an analog navigation device and object-oriented provocation: a guide-line; a line that guides a person to another thing and underlines the particularity of that thing.
Asking objects to lead the installation-event was a strategy to draw together the attentive and critical art-relationships between humans and nonhumans and the everyday relationships of living together. A length of fabric twisted to form a rope makes itself evident as an art intervention and traces a path for a human participant. A hose running from a water tank also traces a path for a human participant; however, its art function and everyday function cannot be disentangled.
I See You See Me See You is a participatory art activity embedded into the activity of living. It seeks to draw out an embodied awareness of multi-entity attunement available in the mundane activities of cohabitation, to elicit simultaneously objective reflection, subjective speculation, and imaginative participation. It is also a gesture of appreciation of the material entities I have worked with over the past four plus years. These collaborating things/materials are the body of this project; they might give form to a constructed dwelling space, or they might participate in guiding visitors through the hub. Equally, they might be folded, as a human habitually folds a sheet or gathered, as a human gathers like-things into a box, then stacks them onto a shelf.
In recognising these material beings, I am seeking to open out some of the entangled complexities of these relationships to a participating (human) audience. We, the things and I, extend a material invitation to participate in an imaginative encounter, and propose possible material and cognitive pathways for nonhabitual awareness to emerge.