100 Brain Salad Bowls

2020

Social online Art Event.

Granted by Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst,AFK.

Video(performances) and video images of people together hand modeling with clay by video conference.

It was an open invitation for 100 citizens of Amsterdam to be part of this collective art event to reconstruct ways in which we can re-connect with people during times of body distancing, uncertainty and fear of physical touch. I started this project during the first lockdown and it consisted of me delivering 1400 grams of clay (the average weight of a human brain) to participants’ houses. We would gather online on several occasions and I would guide them how to build a Brain Salad bowl with clay. 

The following are one minute videos showing three of 9 guided online meetings I had with different people:

They worked synchronising their hand movements following my instructions through the screen.

They were free to take things in a direction they felt like exploring as they were thinking about and experiencing the plasticity of their brain whilst socially gathering in a safe way and working with the clay.

 

The following video shows a part of our final meeting. Everybody  attended with their own finished salad bowl and in a playful way, by synchronised movements,  as patterns we collectively elaborated constructed images of the bowls together.​

Despite the physical distance, my proposal was to make together and touch the same material at the same time, creates a temporary space for empathy and togetherness. For me, it was a way of making Dialogue.

*To know more about this event: history, guide lines, image and video documentation go  HERE