That is amazing Karen. You've really captured the essence of collaboration, of sharing and what emerges is a elemental. This project is about dissent and when one considers dissent the first things that come to mind is an aggressive rebuttal of the status quo. Dig a little deeper however and you'll find that dissent is about what Karen has talked about. its about hidden words and opening yourself and your ideas up to scrutiny. allowing yourself to be questioned and everything that makes you, you. dissent can be seen as a negative space to be in but actually if you're a serial dissenter like Karen and I, it is quite a liberating place to be.
To imaging and reimagine the world in an alternative state and to reimagine events, memories and conversations dissents against the banality of reality, which, for creatives is like breathing. I was listening to a program on radio 4 which looked at Gerald Scarfe's work in the context of his neurology (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wp16h). The idea is that areas of Scarfe's brain are talking to each other in unexpected ways and that is where his unique perspective comes from. However listening to Scarfe talk he sounds more like a serial dissenter. Someone who just needs to see an alternate reality to that that is preened and presented in the full spectrum of reality. Abstraction is dissent, tape drawings as walks is dissent and our love of dissent offers a possibility for new and evolving realities. A thought to leave you all with. If dissent didn't exist what would art look, sound, taste, smell and feel like?