Lou Baker’s Safety net at ‘For Art’s Sake’ conversations day,
CMS, Oxford, 3.3.20
9.21am: The Prayer Room at CMS, before installation
10.36am: Safety net installed and ready for participants. Setting up Safety net always feeling rather like drawing in space or stitching a room â&#x20AC;Ś. this time with netting and elastic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a site responsive installation so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different every time. Here, I was able to attach the structure to the ceiling by carefully pushing up the ceiling tiles and tying the elastic to the metal ceiling grid. Perfect!
An invitation to participateâ&#x20AC;Ś
I provide labels, clip boards, pens and multi coloured strips of cloth for visitors to add to the net.
11.15-11.45am: There was a short break so people were able to interact with Safety net
I’m always very conscious that I don’t want to intrude on other people’s experience and reflections, or influence what they write, so I usually spend my time outside the net, weaving coloured strands into it quietly. Some people want to talk, others don’t. And that’s fine with me.
I love seeing the different ways that people respond to the invitation to participate.
11.45am: After just half an hour of interaction, the transformation of the space begins
Some people very quickly become engaged in thinking, writing and adding strips of cloth.
I also love the very creative ways that people attach the coloured strips of cloth. It often looks as if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drawing with it.
Others pause and watch and take their time before joining in, or not.
Some like to read what other people have written. It becomes a silent conversation.
Several people took their shoes off before going into the space.
Others want to talk to me about their responses.
I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be there, but if I am, I enjoy being part of it.
It feels very inclusive.
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if connections are made, whether or not people are in the space at the same time.
15.52pm: A collective response to a provocation What makes you feel safe or unsafe? Comfortable or uncomfortable? What is your safety net?
Thank you for being part of Safety net www.loubakerartist.co.uk
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