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Long time!

Posted by frenchpress on 2011.02.07 at 23:08
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
I just wanted to make sure you've all received Shelley's email tonight:

Dear words,

So a while back I had an idea: to give a collective reading of the skin
project, each participant saying his or her word in real time around the
world-- a reading audible only in pieces, just as the story is legible only
in pieces. Of course I quickly realized that it would be very hard, maybe
impossible, to organize this. Someday I may try to do it anyway. But
meanwhile I have had a simpler idea, which is to piece together a reading
from videos of some of my participants saying their words. Not, of course,
of the real story, which is not for public consumption, but of another
story--or poem or maybe even gibberish--made out of (some of) the same

The Berkeley Art Museum would like to host this video on their Internet Art
Portal as part of an online exhibition of Skin. It opens March 1, so we have
only a short time to put it together. If you want your word to be part of
it, and I hope you do, please follow these simple steps:

1. Video-record yourself saying your word aloud. It's OK if you also include
a few extra words like "this is my word, 'the'", so long as the word itself
is clearly audible. The video should show your tattoo, as well. I'll leave
it up to you whether to zoom in on the word or include more of yourself in
the picture.

2. Upload your video to your own (or a friend's) YouTube account and--this
is important--tag it: "skinproject" -- all one word, no spaces.

In a week, I will do a search for that tag, find all the words, and assemble
them into some sort of order. I'll try to find a way to fit them all in
somehow, though I can't promise that I'll succeed. I'll pass my text on to
the museum guys, who will then edit the clips together in the specified
order. On March 1 it will go up on the museum website. (Once the show is
over I'll post it here, so it will live on.)

Please upload your reading by midnight, Valentines Day, Feb. 14, to give me
time to put all the pieces together!

Your author,


ps you will shortly receive an invitation to join a google group for the
Skin Project. I don't know what we'll discuss, if anything, but I would like
to carve out a space for you all to be in touch with one another if you
wish. (Note, I'm currently only inviting participants who have already
gotten their tattoos.)

pps I have now sent stories to almost everyone who has updated/confirmed
their address on my website. If you haven't gotten your story yet, please go
there to confirm that I have your current contact information, and I will
send it out! http://www.ineradicablestain.com/skin-address.html


Karlita - stepping into my true self
manifestress at 2011-02-08 05:10 (UTC) (Link)
Just got it myself and reposted it! I am "are".
Sweetheart, you can't buy the necessities of life
curlyhare1 at 2011-02-08 05:36 (UTC) (Link)
I didnt get that. Should I be worried? I have my tattoo but havn't sent her pictures.
Sweetheart, you can't buy the necessities of life
curlyhare1 at 2011-02-08 06:32 (UTC) (Link)
also, also! are you guys saying the word while showing your tattoo? i said my word and then showed my tattoo, but realized after this might make it difficult to compile all the videos.
lexic at 2011-02-08 06:37 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe she is only sending it to words that have sent pictures?
fairerhiannon at 2011-02-08 19:21 (UTC) (Link)
If you haven't sent her the pictures, then she doesn't have your documentation that you've done it.
(Anonymous) at 2011-02-08 16:15 (UTC) (Link)

I've responded and uploaded my video

skinartia at 2011-02-08 21:30 (UTC) (Link)
Am I the only one thinking it's about flipping time she's made contact with the words? ;) I'm hoping to upload a video.
lysystratae at 2011-02-09 21:46 (UTC) (Link)
got it, and I'll be doing my video on Friday
peachweeks at 2011-02-17 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
Glad I checked here, didn't get an email. I've only managed to get a video up today, hope it's in time!
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