Writer and filmmaker Miranda July inspires me. She reminds me to pay attention to all the curiosities of the world. Maybe you’ve seen her web and book collaboration with artist Harrell Fletcher called Learning to Love You More.
The creative duo came up with creative assignments open to the public like “Take a picture of strangers holding hands” or “Write the phone call you wish you could have.” Their project ran from 2002 to 2009 with more than 8,000 participants. The complete project is part of the San Francisco Museum of Art’s permanent collection, although you can still view it online.
July recently came up with new Learning to Love You More-style prompts for O magazine which I happened to read on a recent trip to the library. Here’s what I came up with.
1. Reenact something you do everyday, in reverse. (Documentation: Video yourself doing the task in reverse. The video should be no more than 30 seconds long).
2. Designate a place for something that needs a place. Documentation: Make a straightforward sign intended for a specific place and photograph it.
3. Take a family portrait under the table. Documentation: Scan or upload the photo and give it a typed caption identifying the legs.
We were the only ones home. (From left: me, my cat).
Be sure to leave me a link if you do one of these prompts…I can’t wait to see what you come up with!