It was a very useful tutorial with CC. I love the way so many new models come to thinking when you open a discourse specifically about your intent.

I talked through the changes in emphasis that I am now looking more particularly at the space created by an encounter/dialogue and that this space is open to possibilities rather than interference.

I discussed the outcome of AL’s tutorial and the idea of concentrating on producing figurative imagery as a way to explore the idea of demarcating the space.

However, CC, having seen the maquette, suggests that I could and should create a life-size model. (I have been to speak to Dave in fabrication and will pursue this conversation) I think it could be referred to as the Chiasm Suit.

Thinking about describing in 3D the experience of speaking into an ear, not seeing your dialogical partner directly creating the hearing listening element as an experience.

We discussed the wedding balloon:

Popping a balloon full of text to create a narrative

Popping may not be covered by health and safety because of the sharp object and also the practical consideration that I would need to arrange either multiple replacements or be on hand to recreate the experience.

But balloons may be an option on their own.  Martin Creeds room of balloons Half the air in a given space is a well-travelled installation. N.b. different coloured balloons for each iteration)  I have seen it (in pink) at the Tate St. Ives. It was an immersive and fun experience jostling through a pile of balloons and becoming aware of the presence of others and your own body in the process

What I like about Martin Creed’s work, generally, is his view that

“Visitors are invited to enter the installations, wade through the balloons and send them bouncing across space. The immersive experience is a key element of Creed’s practice, as he once said, ‘the separation of the author and the audience is artificial. The world isn’t like that. We’re all mixed up.” (Wallpaper e-Magazine article)

Another balloon artist/installation is Charles Pétillon’s Invasions of the Balloons. Another really fun work. Not all work with balloons can hold its playfulness and gravitas at the same time but I think these two artists have managed it well.

However, at this point, I have not found anyone combining the idea of conversation, text, participatory practice and balloons.


To explore the practical considerations for the development of a balloon idea I shall print onto balloons and see how I could print onto balloons using my present techniques, however, CC’s idea is that the balloons have the text so it may have to be a direct monotype technique.

The effect of distortion and expansion will be interesting and may inform an evolving development.

Quick research indicates that there are inks for latex balloons, that depending on the balloon choice, there are several ways to print onto balloons. They can be pre-inflated or flat. In practical terms flat printing would work best so I would not have to print last minute nor have the headache of storing inflated balloons (maybe 200 of them)

Colour choices could be very important maybe white of surrender, black and yellow, black with white text etc. needs thought

Look at Jenny Holtzer – text-based installations. Deeper research into her practice will be necessary but a quick look tells me that her text content is key, she has a way of working which invites both art and non-art audiences and that the cannon consider her work important.  Her text comments have a serious message which she presents in an inclusive way.


Gillian Wearing is also of interest in respect of text-based dialogue. Her photography and text project – see my blog for links to both artists.

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Linking the idea of an interactive element to the collection of texts that I am collecting at the moment. Choosing selected media trends (maybe three) as the text element would be key to the audience’s understanding of the event. Taking time to develop my collected texts.

Peter Liversidge the placard artist for the ‘We The People’ event in Plymouth could also be influential. His project on Participation & Proposals is something I really enjoyed reviewing.


It might be that I should think in terms of three functions of the work.

  1. A room as a gallery setting with figurative drawn printed elements to describe my thought process in developing the project.
  2. A room which is set out as an interactive element where the audience can experience my concept of a dialogical space the perceptual experience of a conversation. Using a chiasm suit.
  3. A room in which texts can be experienced as a physical encounter (possibly this is where balloons come in) participants can photograph a collection to create their own comment on the subject through photographing a set number of balloons and airdropping the images to a screen (maybe to print them off) but also for me to collect and publish alongside my other collected tests or to inform my next piece of work.


Talking through the various elements and thinking about how they might work together and explain both my framework and context has been very helpful.

CC is going to see if there is a spare copy of the text created by Lucy for her final BA Fine Art show which is a series of collected conversational snippets garnered from various gallery exhibitions.