I’d really like to extend you An Invitation to Throw Stones
An Invitation to Throw Stones seeks to invite others to participate in an act of minor adjustment to a natural composition by accepting a stone that has been selected from another part of a beach and throwing it into the sea*, discussing the event with the participant. Of course, on a geographical scale, these tiny interventions affect changes that are barely perceptible but I find it interesting to imagine a greatly magnified aerial view of the beach before and subtly altered after the project has been performed (and before the sea makes its erasure and posits a new arrangement). I’m interested in both the action itself and the result of the action in aggregate – the change produced by all those tiny movements in summation. I also like the idea that the next destination of the thrown stone remains a mystery…
The act of throwing is significant as the throw demands a different attitude, a different posture and co-ordination of muscles than simply placing or putting a stone in another location to produce the same visual results. I have thrown stones competitively. I have thrown stones in anger. I have thrown stones for fun. Carrying out this action on Sunday, I discussed the emotional content of throwing with several of the participants and enjoyed observing how they then launched their stone into the sea.
For the sake of poetry, I refer to all “missiles” in this text as stones although the strand we visited was entirely stone-free! However, there were lots of shells, so we shifted the object of the invitation to suit the environment. We walked along a stretch of strand choosing shells from different points – I found the razor-clam shells worked really well as they were easiest to write upon. On one side of each shell we wrote the title of the action in Dutch: Een uitnodiging om stenen te gooien and on the underside, Een Relatie Kunst Project (which was my rough translation of “A relational art project”).
I hope you will join us in this action, and if you do and you fancy sharing a document of your stone-throwing engagement, so much the merrier! I will post received documentation in my Studio West studio space to be enjoyed by a wider community 🙂 I will send you a link when your document is added.
Here are some links to a summary video document and photographic recording of our experience of the activity:
Thank you so much for giving this your time. I hope you will throw a stone in the spirit of this project (though, preferably not within range of glasshouses! 😉
- The shores of lakes, rivers, streams are equally acceptable for inlanders 😉