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Any unexplained phenomenon passes through three stages before the reality of it is accepted. During the first stage, it is considered laughable. During the second stage, it is adamantly opposed. Finally, during the third stage, it is accepted as self-evident. - Arthur Schopenhauer
This pack of cards (only four left) were one of the items read by Avril during the first psychic workshop we conducted. She had never seen or touched them before. Taking one of the cards in between her palms, here is what she said: - they are masculine cards. - there's a German influence. - I see a large door with a wooden...
Hair is fascinating stuff - it doesn't really rot so it keeps for a long time and it contains a certain amount of a person's DNA. I didn't know this, but during the Victorian ages, a lot of mourning jewellery was made that contained the hair of the deceased. Here's an example: Object: Hair-work Brooch and box Date: ca. 1842...
This was one of the objects that I'd had my eye on, early in the residency, for the psychic workshop. Unfortunately, it's an item that's on display and therefore couldn't be used for obvious reasons. However, it doesn't detract from the fact that it would've been interesting to see what Avril, the psychic with whom I'm working, could've read from it....
With just over a month left to go before the residency ends and I head back to Hong Kong, I thought I’d drop in some of the things that have inspired me, expanded my thinking, or that I simply find interesting. From now on, you may just get snippets from me, since I’m trying to juggle all sorts of things, from workshops to moving (out of the studio that is) to more reading...
I would be grateful if any of you would answer this simple question, in your own way. You can remain anonymous - it's more the result I'm after. If an object can absorb information about you, what object would you choose to leave behind so that people in the future can 'read' your story? Would it be your wedding ring? Your teddy that you've had since you...
One of the great perks of this residency is coming into contact with the curators. They offer a wealth of expertise and knowledge that I couldn’t acquire in a lifetime. And the best part about the curators is the objects they have access to, physically and informationally. Whilst preparing for my psychic workshop, I’ve had to rely on the curators to supply me with a list of...
25 May 2009 I thought it sad when, this morning as I marched robotically alongside my fellow commuters to my required tube platform and the voice over the tannoy announced that some train lines were temporarily out of service due to a person under a train, my first thought, far from being any emotion or concern for the person, was to hope that it wasn’t the line that I needed. I...