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Catherine Wynne-Paton

LOST LIBRARY

30 September 2017
Deptford X Fringe Festival 


  
12-2pm New Cross Learning
2-4pm Goldsmiths Library
4-6pm Lewisham Arthouse

Ingredients:

Lost Library sign
Signs asking people if they’d like to join the Lost Library
Stripy top
Registration book
Membership cards
1000 exciting words typed on cream paper, cut up and placed in jars
Glue
Mobile phone for photographing word hand overs
Six hours
Mute and using gestures, signage, FAQ’s and written notes to communicate.

Method:

Arrive at venue.
Set up signs, registration book and jars of words.
Using facial expression, gestures and the odd written note to communicate how visitors can take part.
With each registered new member, give a membership card and one word.
If visitor has confirmed happy for photo to be taken, take photo and share on twitter using #lostlibrary
(Glue the word onto the card for safe keeping, if the visitor would like.)
As much facial expression and gesture as possible to be used in communicating.
End of allotted time, pack up and move to next venue.
If final venue, then may talk again at the end.
  



25-26 May, 2 and 10 June 2017
Fringe Arts Bath Festival


  
Installation and performance

Ingredients:

1000 typed words on cream paper
Lost Library Registration form.
Date Stamp
2.5 x 1.8m Chalkboard
1x0.5m chalkboard
Pin striped suit
Habits of successful librarians, investment bankers and artists typed on cream paper on the wall and contained in jars.

Method:

Large chalkboard displaying library use figures. 
Dress in pin stripe suit. 
Ask visitors to chalk up what they feel is essential in a library. 
Register visitors to join the Lost Library and then give them a word, recording the exchange with a photograph (with permission): a small element of what is contained within a library.
  
29 July to 7 August 2016
National Eisteddfod of Wales in Abergavenny

Ingredients:

7 days
A 1950’s wheelbarrow filled with seedlings of plants mentioned in book ‘Border Country’ by Raymond Williams.
Large roll of printed text from the featured book.
3-part music score
Speech in English and Welsh attempting to explain the whole piece.
News sheet written and printed bi-lingually.
A team of volunteers.


Method:

Walking a route from Abergavenny Library to the Eisteddfod site each morning and around the festival site with wheelbarrow
Beginning at Abergavenny Library with 1950’s wheelbarrow adapted to fit large roll of paper with Border Country by Raymond Williams’ text on it and walking onto the festival site daily at first and then leaving the barrow in Y Lle Celf each afternoon.

Accompanied by a Welsh speaker, with music composed for the project emanating from the wheelbarrow, stopping to give speech in Welsh to interested people and offer them some text and a seedling.
Give speech in English and Welsh outside library and then again on the festival site, in various locations including outside the Literature Wales tent (thanks to Welsh speaking librarian David Fraser), on stage outside Monmouthshire Council tent (Marianne) and on the central stage area inside the tent.
INSCRIBE
22 July to 10 Dec 2017
Juggernauts seeking Transparency Exhibition

Ingredients:

Typewriter
Cream paper
Headphones
Time
Audio recording devices
Peer mentoring sessions

Method:

Record peer mentoring sessions July to October (November if time) and type via audio transcription onto cream paper, mistakes by mishearing and typos included in final product.

Recording in person when I’m there, virtually over Skype when I attend that way and via a willing volunteer when unable to be there at all.

I’m questioning what is and isn’t newsworthy.
Is honesty valuable?
How transparent can our peer mentoring group be?
What value does focussed discussion have?

Result:

Transparent peer mentoring sessions and exhibition preparations by isolating the dialogue and transcribing it, to create a permanent record, an inscription.

By transcribing a season of our sessions the ideas of individuals and the development of the artworks in the run up to the exhibition become visible as they are discussed and often transformed through dialogue.

Recently I’ve been tweeting excerpts from my inscription via the groups Twitter account  @Juggernautsart
  

Word Collection

28 May 2017 to present

In Lost Library at Fringe Arts Bath (May-June 2017)
Lost Library Deptford X (September 2017)
Bottled in WordPharma
The words collated on excel
Used in naming works, so far INSCRIBE.


Ingredients:

Words
Paper
Typewriter

Method:

Collect words that are particularly interesting.
Once they have been made into a work they are then permanent members of Word collection. 
  
YOUR PRICE
15 October 2017
Madley Car Boot


Ingredients:

40 minutes
Mute
Low Plinth
Black and white stripy blazer
Car boot items
Hand painted sign

Directions:

Stand on plinth holding one item at a time, using gestures to show the item, interacting through gesture and eye contact with passers-by, staying silent, with a simple sign at the base of the plinth reading ‘What’s your price for the item I’m holding?’  


Result:

Engaging people through gesture and eye contact, seeking an honest interaction in a world that increasingly seems to be absorbing untruths in the media.
Unlike in the conventional retail space where prices are usually fixed – at a car boot sale we have the opportunity to barter.  Bridging the gap between the gallery, which many people wont go  into, to an event attended by many demographics visiting as buyers, sellers and those who just want  to get out, be social and grab a bargain.