2. Collect an autograph
I didn’t much want to have another piece of scrap paper to add to the growing pile, and hadn’t run into anyone whose personal stamp I desperately wanted.
5. Go to independent gallery exhibition
I really didn’t go outside very much over the course of this task thing. It was very cold, and I love our house here. I would often call into galleries if I was walking by (or at least I did in the past?), but I guess that didn’t happen in that space of time. Summer is good for gallery browsing. Winter, not so much.
7. Phone someone you have not spoken to for 3 years
I honestly couldn’t think of anyone for this but my uncle Patrick who lives in New York, but I don’t really know him well enough to just phone him up, plus the cost of that call would have been extortionate, plus I don’t have Skype or any good technology that allows for inexpensive live voice interactions. I don’t call people very much either – phone credit doesn’t grow on trees y’know!
10. Buy, read and compare a story from both a Broadsheet and Tabloid newspaper
Pooh, I suck for not doing this. I am ashamed to say this is something I really should have tried to do too, as I am almost constantly out of touch with what’s happening in the news. I gotta get me a radio.
11. Watch a TV political debate programme
Again, it’s pretty shameful that I didn’t try to do this, but having no sound on this laptop makes watching videos (especially ones featuring debates) a little futile, and asking other people to let me borrow theirs makes me feel rather uncomfortable. I look with shiny eyes to the day I can command my own working computing machine.
14. Go to a live sport match
15. Wear a hat for the day – (or don’t if you do)
It was cold some days. I wore a hat outside. If I hadn’t had time to shower that morning, I kept it on as a common courtesy to the people I was sharing space with. Mostly I remove my hat indoors and especially when sitting down to meals (except Christmas and special occasion meals, which call absolutely for hats).
17. Have a conversation online with an art student in another country
I Googled something along the lines of ‘art student forums’. I could have tried harder, but that fruitless search beat me.
18. Have a night out without drinking alcohol
I didn’t go out over the course of the tasks – having fluff-filled pockets and icy exteriors put a serious bung in any bubbling hopes of venturing out into the night.
20. Place a free ad
No reason to do this. No inspiration to make this interesting. NOoOoOo fun for me.
21. Undertake a scientific experiment using items found at home
I got as far as getting the film canisters, then forgot to follow through with the stomach tablets.
22. Send a postcard to someone called David
Very annoyed with me over this one: I got a postcard in Hull, and I have two lovely people to thank for allowing me to attend their wedding last year (they go by Dave and Emma), but I just didn’t. I forgot and I didn’t bother when I remembered and now I carry a guilt like a sack of spuds in the pit of my stomach.
23. Donate an item to a charity shop
24. Read a recent arts journal and highlight an exhibition that you like to see
Brain like a sieve, that one.
29. Talk to your neighbour
Tried, and failed. They didn’t open the door when Fizz and I went round with some of their post.
31. Learn a new word each day for a week
I didn’t finish this one! I was really enjoying illustrating great words that were very new and very exciting to me, but I let myself fall behind with the drawing, and then the word-searching, so I felt lardy-lazy.
35. Find and photograph a gravestone of somebody who died in the year you were born
Not standing in a graveyard taking photos. I’m not religious, but those people who have buried their family and friends in one are. For a school task, this seems to be a boundary I am not willing to cross.
39. Don’t speak for an hour in a public space
I mumble and murmur and sing to myself almost constantly, when I stop I feel my lips getting all small and chappy.
45. Get involved with or hold a debate
Don’t fancy instigating arguments for the sake of blogging about it. If I discover something relevant to something I am already blogging about in a conversation/discussion/debate I have a hand in, I will slip it in. Less of that ‘look how involved I am in intellectualling’.
47. Read a zine