Sew. I don’t really sew. The art of brandishing such a tiny needle makes my neck ache just thinking about it. But there is something about a city like Augsburg that beckons different sides of you from the dark places you shoved them and lets them out into the sunshine. In fact I hadn’t been out in the sunshine for a very long time and with a strange city sitting up and begging to be explored, it was about time that changed. There was White Wall to be filled in the town square:
So Kaja Marie and I took to the streets with two pairs of feet, two cameras, two brains full of jumbles of words and two blank sheets of paper held expectantly in our heads. And this is what we saw:
Pounding the city streets doesn’t really leave much time for conjuring up a piece of art when you get back. With this in mind I skipped dinner to spend my evening pixelating everything I had seen and then punching city-shaped holes in my second White Paper.
*pock, pock, pock*
Seeing the idea go from the mush of my brains into the paper was surprisingly astonishing to me. It actually worked. Phew.
I then sacrificed most of my sleep that night (which seems to be the done thing this week in the White Room) to the low but satisfying hiss of embroidery thread being pulled through paper.
My bleary stumble from our little apartments to the White Room at 5.30am (that 6am White Paper deadline has eaten little bits of my soul) was made bearable by chancing upon the shambling zombie of a sleepless Keiko returning from a night making White Paper madness of her own. She stopped in the street as we passed and we exchanged an exhausted hug against the great yawn of arty obsessiveness before plodding on our separate ways.
My second White Paper made it just in time. And here it is, my unfinished definition of a strange city, with needle still attached:
And while you’re there you need to see the beautiful brilliance my fabulous fellow artists have made:
Kaja Marie’s lovely little side street of words
Keiko’s many many doors (click the link on the page to watch the video. Go on)
More White Paper madness, more beer, the phrase Boring 747, and other Augsburg defined by chaos to be blogged soon. Keep an eye on the defined by blog too, which uploads stuff much quicker than I do…