I had heard about this project some time ago when I was working on Home Is... or not long after. Legend has it that Hemmingway was asked to write a story in six words. His response was: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Those six words tell quite a story. So, some clever little bug decided to continue the project and have writers from all over the world, professional or not so professional, contribute. The following link is the result:
The Age reminded me of this site today and I have spent hours reading people's six word stories. I recommend you make a coffee, sit back, and take a look. Or twenty.
It's very rainy in Melbourne today. I love this weather. It's a good day to be snuggled up in bed listening to music. An old friend of mine always used to suggest it's a great day to be curled up in front of a fire with a good bottle of red [shiraz, of course].
It's also a good day to look at the photography of Bill Henson. Dark, moody, cold but somehow warm at the same time. Despite recent controversy [you could say Henson has had a few rainy days of late, of which he would no doubt be used to by now], he remains a huge mentor to me.
In 2002, the last year of my Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, I undertook a subject called Art & Community. The idea behind the subject was to have students from all the majors (Visual Arts - me, Media Arts, Dance & Drama) put their heads together and come up with a collaborative project which involved the community (you'd never guess from the name of the subject hey?).
I came up with an idea for a book, a book called 'Home Is...'. As you turned each page you would find an image and some words about what 'home' was to someone we had interviewed. The image would be a drawing or a photograph provided by the interviewee, and the words were their perspective of what 'home' is.
We interviewed a politician, a middle class family, two homeless men, some prisoners, members of an Aboriginal community, one of Australia's wealthiest men, two girls who had overcome drug addiction and a variety of other Victorians.
The result was fascinating. The images provided were beautiful. And the people who made this book were not polished 'artists'.
I often think of 'Home Is...' and remember the reaction from those that read it. Some pages made people laugh, others made people cry.
I think it's the type of project I need to finish, even if it is 6 years later. Perhaps its time to make 'Home Is...' electronic and allow people from all over the globe to contribute. It would make for a fascinating read and an interesting time waster. If it were to become big enough, any profits could be donated to charity.