I have been reading this book called ‘How to Be an Explorer of the World’. It’s basically a guidebook/ reminder of my creative thinking, whenever I feel like, I turn the pages and roll in. Last night, I came across the exploration #4 which is a very simple practice. During your walk to your work/school,etc. you pick up 30 things. A collection of 30 random things… I decided that I will pick one object everyday and will record my findings and thoughts here. It will take a month and in the end I will try to create an artwork with my findings. It is a challenge for me to break away from my daily routine of speed walking to the train station while I am nibbling over my so called breakfast consisting a piece of toasted bread with cheese, paying attention to nothing but the road that leads me to my destination. A nice challenge though, one that will make me look at things rather than seeing them passing by.
By the way to make the task a bit easier, I set myself some restrictions:
- Findings should fit the hand size paper bag I have.
- They have to be dry.
- No fruits.
- No little critters. (dead worms are tempting:)
This morning being my first one, I realized that actually it is a difficult task to find an object to collect on my way to the station. The reasons are:
- I live in Japan, if not the cleaners, my neighbors wake up early and clean the streets.
- Not many people drop things. And if they drop things, such as a key, a pair of baby socks, a hat, etc., other people hang them in visible places so that if the owner comes back, they can easily find it. I can not collect left over cutesie baby socks, can I? Pass…
- Random rubbish: I don’t want to have a collection of used pet bottles with coffee stains in. For one, I don’t have space, second it is not dry.
I saw a lot of autumn leaves, one dead worm, a pet bottle, a rotten train ticket and a little rock.
I picked the little rock.
To be honest my choice was purely made to fit the criteria that I’ve put in place. I don’t exactly know what to do with this little piece of rock. It’s particularly neither in a nice shape nor the color is nice. But it made me think and wonder…
Do we have to build relationships with objects that would become a part of a bigger project/ artwork?
Maybe I will find it more attractive and meaningful objects for the rest of my collection.
Maybe it will gain a meaning when blended with different found objects of mine. I think the answer is hidden in time. Let’s wait and wonder for more possible connections.
I’m excited for my finding tomorrow morning!