NetEscape
Mav's Trail




Imagine you're on a journey, the road cuts through the land, suddenly, a net unfolds extending from the night sky, you're caught up in a space of ideas - you can explore, contribute, stay with one, move through more or be absent. Email or put in a net pocket what you decide or just do it.
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Write down 7 objects and 3 places or situations, put the list in a net-pocket or email, ask the next person to add their own list to the pocket or email.
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Choose images from the nets, give the figures names. Put the names and any characteristics you've constructed for them in a net pocket or email.
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Pocket-net or email a random collection without any connections. Ask the next person who sees it to make the connections and pocket-net or email the results.
(Collections can include, ideas, words, objects, places, spaces in the mind, gestures, memories.)
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Think of 3 friends, invent one element for each of their histories. Place these ideas in a net-pocket.
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Think of some events in your life, in the world, how could a different beginning have changed the outcome?
Place ideas in a net-pocket or email, find out what others have chosen.
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Choose a persona to be or accompany you through the net.
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Invent 3 characters to be used in a narrative, place their descriptions in a pocket-net or email the beginning of a description and ask someone to add another detail then return it to you for your next character contribution.
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Listening to a play set in the last century, I was pleased I didn't live then, however, I thought, as a Disabled woman, what time or place would suit me as I am. What would have to change to suit you as you are now, your personality, beliefs, circumstances. Net-pocket your thoughts.
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Postcard. Imagine yourself as another person, email a postcard as if to an imagined, friend, employer, lover or estranged partner. Look for pocket-net or email the Postcard and reply to it.
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Jean-net's revenge; body unstable, perfection's aim convoluted, genetics push and pull, form changes, she nets the universe. If you could what shape would you take? Would it be constant and what would the change mean for you?' Place your shapes in a net-pocket and see what other shapes are there.
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Choose a word or phrase from any item in a pocket, write it in the centre of a page then, web-like, draw lines from it and write associations, thoughts, ideas, which come to you from the word. Often a piece of writing develops, if it does pocket-net or email it or any of the associations you had. Add a word or phrase for others to web-connect to.
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Place in a net-pocket a secret, choose a confidential pocket.
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Think of 3 friends, write what you imagine each would invent for parts of your history and leave in a net-pocket.
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A reviewer spoke about a piece of clothing, nothing more than a sheet with a head-hole in the middle, this suggested two quite contrary functional possibilities for him. What do you think the 2 contrary functions might be? Email or pocket-net your ideas.
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Pocket-net or email a list of 9 words or items you might find in a dictionary but make-up your own. Add definitions for 3 of the words or items.
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Pocket-net or email a few incidents from the imagined life of someone near you. Ask the next person who reads it, to add more incidents, continue the life.
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Taking where you are as the site of an unknown culture, with you an explorer - remember it might be dangerous to you an alien, pocket-net or email ideas for a performance. What are the unexpected finds?
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Think of a film, reverse roles, visualise the film. How would the role reversal change the outcome of the film? Net-pocket/email your ideas ask if anyone can guess the film.
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A black actor said he’d like to see, in a staging of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliffe as a black character. What fictional role would you chose for yourself, where who you are, would alter the narrative/fiction. Net-pocket the roles or email asking what roles others would choose.
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Pocket-net or email a collection of questions and answer them as different identities. Ask next person who sees it to answer as another set of identities.
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What if: Take an event in the recent past, change it. How would this change have made your life different now? Email the differences or place in a pocket-net.
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Imagine if our emotions radically changed our shape. What emotions might produce what shapes? How might our relationships affect the shapes? Pocket or email giving your ideas for emotions and corresponding shapes.
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On the Central Reservation, our extinction sought, we survive. Roaming the narrow strip, the future behind, beneath, ahead the persistent present and the past, that's everywhere. Is there a central reservation where you're placed? What is it? Have you explored the territory and what did you find? If there is an information highway, what might its central reservation be like?
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Think of 3 events in your life, imagine them as if you were the opposite gender, older/younger or different in some some other way. How would your life be different now?
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Imagine you're a figure from one of the net images, move through the space as you think that persona would.
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Place in a net-pocket a secret, choose a confidential pocket.
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Email someone to supply a word or phrase to you, write in the centre of a page then, like a web, draw lines from it and write associations, thoughts, ideas which come to you from the word - Often an idea for a piece of writing follows email it or any of the associations you had. Add a word or phrase for others to web-connect to.
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In the image, The illusion of Choice there's a group of schoolchildren from 1920's. What might their future have being? Choose one or two and reclaim by inventing some incidents for a, could've-been life. Pocket-net or email the incidents and find out what others have written.
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Choose a figure from the nets and imagine what they'd say about the installations - leave a message from them in net-pockets or email.
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Find in a pocket-net someone else’s list of 9 words or items and add your own definition for 3 of them or combine the first 2 words you see on separate papers and define a new meaning, pocket-net or email
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The future - changes have happened to the environment, to our genetic code, now we start off as one gender but change part way through our lives, to the other. How might this affect society, relationships? How would it affect your life? What would be a good age for the change? Email or pocket-net ideas and find out what others thought of the change.
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If one stage set was used for an operating theatre and a church alter what might it look like, what items, including costumes would there be? How might a performance using this stage set show different ways we relate to ourselves, to others, to the body, our own and others? Pocket-net or email your ideas,. Add 2 settings, of your own invention, to be used with one stage set and ask how others would design it.
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The future - changes have happened to the environment, to our genetic code, now we change shape radically every seven years. How would you, the people around you, society deal with such changes. Email or pocket-net your thoughts, include suggestions for the shape changes.
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Move through the space, take notes on loose scraps, let these became valuable puzzle pieces when you later render the scattered inner life of... Let impulse take command and lead you all over. Later use these notes for ideas of a performance or a story about the first character who comes to mind, perhaps yourself or perhaps let chance decide and use the first name you read or hear next. Email to see if anyone wants to swap notes and add these to your own. Make a copy of your notes and leave in a pocket, add any ‘puzzle pieces’ you find in a pocket.
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As you move through the installations, visualise yourself as someone who is constantly awaiting the return of someone - perhaps you think you've glimpsed them over there, perhaps they were supposed to meet you here long ago. Pocket or email your feelings, your reactions
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In the image 'The Illusion of Choice' there's a group of schoolchildren from the1920's, some might have died in the 1939-45 war. What political decisions have limited or changed your choices or the choices of the people around you? Email or pocket-net your experiences. Ask if the same political decision affected others lives and how.
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What kind of personality does the building you're in have. Pocket-net/email a description as if it is a character. If this building and one nearby had discussions what might they be about, what might the buildings know if they could tell? In a town near where I live a court faces a police station.This is neighboured by a library; then a museum and art gallery. I think of the strange combination of activities and emotions happening simultaneously and would I want to visit the gallery if I’d had an upsetting experience at the court.
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Make a collection of words then recollect your earliest experiences of these words. Pocket-net or email the collection and ask next person who sees it to recount their first experiences of them. Or compare with someones' recollections by email
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Use fragments found about yourself, piece together to make up a whole, a different story, pocket-net or email for suggestions of other material to incorporate.
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Two of us have strong opposing views when discussing sexuality and identity. One thinks people are just sexual in and of themselves and can’t understand a desire to call oneself anything i.e. bisexual, gay, straight. Attraction happens, it’s strange assuming people go in a pub etc. considering first what’s in someone's knickers, they argue. The other disagrees and believes that not only are they always completely aware themselves but anyone who says they’re not is just deceiving themselves. Email or pocket-net what kind of conversation might occur if these two were trapped in a lift, add a third person, perhaps yourself.
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Visualise an identity, continue visualising but change/metamorphose the image you are creating - imagine it like a line, a queue of images each one pushing the other aside, preventing prior ones from emerging fully. , try out as you move around the net the differing gestures, actions they might perform. Pocket-net or email these characters and situations you can imagine them in. Ask the next person who reads it to choose and perform as one of the character during that day.
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In the image, The Illusion of Choice I write of a young man who was blown up in the 1939-45 war. Reclaim him by creating a 'could have been' life, pocket-net or email what could have happened.
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In a story by Jorge Luis Borges their was an infinite library in which all possible books are stored. Email or pocket-net ideas for a story set in a museum for everything mundane.
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For The Unknown Disabled Woman. In the past many Disabled people have had their lives destroyed or wasted by prejudice and discrimination - I want to reclaim some of these lives. By re-inventing say a Disabled woman artist like myself - what would have happened to her/me then and what she might do if alive today and also what she could accomplish if the struggle for our human rights is ever won. Email or pocket-net, who you'd like to reclaim from the past someone you know or, like me, someone you don't but can imagine. What kind of life would you give them and when would you set it?
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In 'The Illusion of Choice' there are images of people from different eras and different times in their own lives - children from 1920's; a child from now; a 13 year old boy in the 1930's with the bike he worked to buy; a young soldier and his mother in the 1940's; a soldier wearing protective clothing from early 1980's. What if they met up in a reality somewhere in the early hours, perhaps here, or if they all enter the space now, visiting the installations. Email or pocket-net your ideas, perhaps the conversations which might happen.
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My father died quite a long while ago but I've just seen someone who looked, moved like him and suddenly I was imagining what I might say if he had returned from... If you met with someone who'd died or who you've lost contact with, what might you talk about. Perhaps you could email what the conversation would be, perhaps even write as if to the person. You can then email it, or print it to take with you or erase it from the computers memory but remember yourself.
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Ask someone what issues concern them, not necessarily a news item but something important to them. From this brief interview email or pocket-net ideas for using in the style of a radio programme or a mainly visual short film.
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Find a pocket-net with 5 objects and 2 places listed, choose one set. Pocket-net ideas as to how you'd arrange all of these in a narrative? Ask someone to review your ideas or give advice.
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Consider a film, book, play and get rid of the main protagonist, how would you shape the fiction then? Pocket-net or email your ideas.
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Pocket-net or email a quest for others to follow.
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What if genetic manipulation caused animals to smell what a person was thinking and feeling and be able to communicate this smell knowledge to other people, perhaps altering it's content on the way. Pocket-net or email your ideas.
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You're trapped in a dream, the only way back is through someone else's dream - email/pocket-net the ideas you have for this as a play.
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Find a pocket which contains lists of characters choose one set. How could these be contained in a narrative? Write down ideas or story, place in a pocket or email ask what others think of your idea or for advice if you get stuck.
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Sit and life-write what is before you, think and feel about it or choose someone and sketch-write as you would do a life drawing.
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She said “To be in an active state of fear is to be....” Email or pocket-net how this could continues, what the setting might be.
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If you can remember a newspaper article you've read recently, email or pocket-net what part of the story they didn't tell.
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Imagine you're born/live in a different time, the wrong time not suiting you, your personality or the wrong place - email/pocket-net your ideas about what happens in this situation and what the time and place you've chosen.
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Imagine a what-if about politician, famous person, film star, imagine them radically different in some way, such as opposite gender, Disabled from childhood etc. - pocket-net or email what might have happened, what might not have happened under these changed circumstances. See if anyone has left a similar message and add your views.
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Identify with a minor character in a film, continue their story beyond the film.
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'Women seen as a symbol from outside' - what's within? Men seen as a symbol from outside - what's within? Leave in a pocket.
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What could be the 'indiscriminate sex life' of one of the images on the nets - leave in a pocket.
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One Monday in September 1959 there emerged.... Pocket-net or email your ideas for continuing this as a story, which will connect it to a future time. Email for some advice, regarding character and plot, see what returns.
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Find a pocket which contains lists of objects and events, choose one set. Include events from your life and write ideas for a narrative which contained all of these? Write down ideas or story, place in a pocket or email ask what others think of your idea/story or for advice.
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Imagine that years ago you made something or did something which still exists but is hidden, it's starting to change, soon to be revealed. Pocket-net or email developments.
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If sound had to be your major consideration how would you write about the images on the nets or what's going on around you? Pocket-net or email the body of sound.
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Collate a collection of gestures, of relationships, animate and inanimate, using notes, brief diagrams, invent your own notation.
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Imagine all archaeological information and historical documents are stored via computer technology. There's opportunity to tamper with it alter, add and no one to know how much or in what way, which copies have been altered. Develop ideas for a script or story. Would it affect us if our past was changed? Do we have a 'truth' anyway? Pocket-net or email your ideas.
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Create a person out of your collected frustrations. Email or pocket-net the persona and ideas for the development of a story
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If you visualised yourself being accompanied through the nets by a persona, pocket-net or email a conversation you could have with them about the journey.
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Using the expression 'being conspicuous by one's absence', pocket-net or email your ideas for a film script or performance
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After looking through the nets you might have come to some conclusions about the characters who created them. Pocket-net or email a description of Pat Wycher, Bicameral Blaine, Mfnamic or me, Mav Blincow.
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Make-up performance ideas for net imagery
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