Having to re-thing on how to construct a social event that evolves around an object, but still stay true to our non-tangible performative practices, we came up with an idea of hosting a final tour around the city on a bio-diesel bus.
The YES FARM became a bus station, and passengers had to obtain a ticket from a temporary stand inside the space.
We decided on three travel routes and planned four bus rides, inviting all the people we had encountered during our stay in the city.
All passengers were given a questionnaire to fill in while they were waiting at the YES FARM station. Questions evolved around the notions of "living in Detroit" and "leaving from Detroit" and worked as a starting point to our discussions on the bus.
While on the bus, we decided to stop beating around the bush and pose themes of discussion in a slightly more explicit manner than before. We chose to be as laconic as possible and generate fruitful conversations among the passengers. We mostly listened allowing members of the group to reflect on each others' statements.
The tours were recorded and the responsibility of visual documentation was passed to the passengers. A photo camera was given to a member of every group allowing to capture stills of what was happening inside as well as outside the bus.
Recordings as a well as additional photos will be posted shortly.
as we prepare to make our last performance, we read each other horoscopes, and the scorpio's one says all about what we are intending with our work...
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Most discussions on TV news shows involve
so-called experts shouting simplistic opinions at each other. They may
provide some meager entertainment value, but are rarely enlightening. In
contrast to these paltry spectacles were the salons at Paris's Cafe
Guerbois in 1869. A group of hard-working artists and writers gathered
there to inspire each other. The painter Claude Monet wrote that their
discussions "sharpened one's wits, encouraged frank and impartial inquiry,
and provided enthusiasm that kept us going for weeks . . . One always
came away feeling more involved, more determined, and thinking more
clearly and distinctly." That's the kind of dynamic interaction you should
seek out in abundance, Scorpio.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): *Allure* magazine sought out Luca Turin and
Tania Sanchez, the women who wrote the book *Perfumes: The A to Z
Guide.* "What are the sexiest-smelling perfumes of all time?" they asked.
Turin and Sanchez said Chinatown was at the top of their list. Their
explanation: "If wearing Opium is like walking around with a bullhorn
shouting, 'Come and get it!', Chinatown is like discreetly whispering the
same thing." The Chinatown approach is what I recommend for you in the
coming weeks, Pisces.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A Chinese company reached out to me by email
today. The message began, "As the leading professional conveyor belt
manufacturers in Shanghai, we present to you our very best sincere
regards, desiring to find out if there is a chance for us to be your top-rate
conveyor belt supplier." I wrote back, thanking them for their friendly
inquiry. I said that personally I didn't have any need of conveyor belts
right now, but I told them I would check with my Leo readers to see if
they might. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you see,
you're entering a time when it makes sense to expand and refine your
approach to work. It'll be a good time, for example, to get more efficient
and step up production. So how about it? Do you need any conveyor
Blake and Ben came up with the idea of a drawing marathon and an exhibition at The Yes Farm for this weekend. We have been working putting the place into shape to host the artworks and the guests.
Three rooms were cleaned and freshly painted and a stage in the main hall was set to facilitate the community's School Of Rock.
School Of Rock is a summer program initiated by Tim and the children of the Farnsworth community. Once per week the kids would "squa"t Tim's house, practicing on how to play the drums, form a band and perform on stage.
We took the task of fixing the stage, painting the background black, adding lights and dark curtains.
The School Of Rock will be performed on Saturday during the painting marathon.
On Sunday The Yes Farm throw a raffle where people could buy raffles for 1$, take part in a lottery and if their number would come up they could choose to take home one of the drawings exhibited at the space.