letter, object and image exchange project made during the summer of 2003. in 2006 the documentation of one of the exchanges [click on any image to enlarge] was part of the book/web project report (not announcement): transitionary report on the state of mobility at the beginning of the 21st century by curator binna choi. [download PDF of the project]
introductory text from report (not announcement):
“in 2003, daniela franco together with mariana castillo started a collaborative project.
daniela was living in france and mariana in holland. the project started as an experiment in micro- sociology of our interactions with mundane objects and activities. if we were to make a record of our everyday life, many times what stays with us is a collection of bits and pieces such as receipts, tickets, pieces of paper, empty bags, and so on. they are all leftovers of a transaction, an activity or a place.
our initial curiosity was how much these fragments actually tell, how are they connected with certain events in our surroundings, and if it is possible to guess the other’s routine from them. as traces of an experience, we wanted to displace this experience and use them as a point of origin for subsequent narratives, trying to stretch our imagination and build up a story out of crumbs. [click here to continue reading][click here to hide text]
the game functioned more or less like this: every fifth day, during 3 months, we would send by post a collection of 10 traces of our everyday life to each other. There were no restrictions: it could be an object, a text, an image, etc.
once the envelope was received, mariana would need to reconstruct daniela’s day, and vice versa. the result is a collection of insignificant fragments, which experienced a double life in different spaces and times.
the final outcome can be related as well with the way we carry memories and images while traveling from one place to the other. a garden in tokyo can be suddenly connected with a fruit shop in mexico and then to a woman wearing a hat in lithuania. in this nomad life, experiences are made of many bits and pieces, images that follow a crazy behaviour, which goes beyond our control.