First quarter down. 2 more to go. This project, I’ve been doing it now for 4 years so I think 9 times now. Spreading a lot of cardboard and paper mache animal heads into the world. This project feels like a collaboration between my students and myself. I did not make those… adjectives please. Just look. They are stunning. I know though that it’s not just the cardboard, or the careful making, the glue mixed with water and painted paper. It is who they are and who they can be. It’s also the anonymity. And at the same time the insta-value, getting it our there. What I see is a future filling up with dreamers and dancers and lovers and writers and fixers and bikers and mothers, brothers and fathers and sisters, a getting together, collectivity.
This term we entered the library silently. Proceeded across the sky bridge and as we approached the separate stairs we split half taking left half right and gathered together on the landing in the rotunda. After some coded instruction we all took a deep breath and then began to hum. HUmmmm until students people came to gather to look over the railing down the stairs into the rotunda. We finished and inhaled just to hear applause… in the library. Breaking up the study session to say “Relax, we will get through this together….” and then we went away.