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January 12th, 2016 Posted by BLOG, DAY04 No Comment yet

An old lady is taking Christmas decorations off the wall. People have such interesting faces.

I observe too much, eclipsing myself out of the scene. I might do that because of the social sciences. Participant observation. 


Need of connection


Mexico City

Military base



Diagrams, rocks, fossils



Contested space


It feels being back to my dissertation. Thiago was outstandingly clever and tactful and honest. It made me feel excited about the collective we want to set up. I miss Siri and Suneeta. One is in Norway, one is in Boston. I had a good chat with him about Sardinia and about how I was crossing the fences with the shepherds. It seems ages ago today but it is less than six months ago. 


Back to the Big Brother room, I questioned my identity. These guys seem have such a complete and formed personality. I wish I had made a project good enough, but it sounds stupid and patronising to me.  I am questioning everything. Who I am. What I want to do. 

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January 12th, 2016 Posted by BLOG, DAY02 No Comment yet

Day #3
The noise used to dominate the mill. I don’t know exactly which kind of noise was it, but there is a recording of it. The women workers developed a sign language to communicate without using words. They were using  mouths and hands and gestures. I want to use performance to express noise, deafness, silence, lost language, identity through signs and communication. 


January 6th, 2016 Posted by BLOG, DAY01 No Comment yet

What I like the most is sharing the same space with other 20 people. As I do when I work by myself, this shared survival pushes me beyond my comfortable zone. Sometimes I like being active part of conversations, sometimes I become an observer, amazed by the brilliance and the talent of the 19 artists who are in this adventure. The living conditions are a bit extreme but it’s good to reveal the real essence of souls. Everyone brought only what is necessary. There are no commodities. We have a cat. We don’t have hot water.


This morning Kerrie talked about bodily fluids moving around the world, body gardens and temporary autonomous zones. I like the way she underlines that humans are made of chemical substances. Sometimes we forget about, we’re anthropocentric. Then she talked about IN SITU and about the mill. I liked when she said that masterplans are detached from the social reality of places and people can’t recognise themselves in them. This inspired my work here.


This place reminded me of the military testing base where I worked in Sardinia, especially the fact that for some extent the mill is unaccessible.


After the talk I went for a walk in town. I found some people I can interview tomorrow but I would like to spend some time with Paul, the man who took us today on a tour inside the mill. He used to work there and I think he’s a human conduit between the inside and the outside. I want to bring what is inside outside and what is outside inside the mill. I’m interested in what Brierfiled’s inhabitants think about art.