Make a Piano in Spain
Wednesday 15 October 2008 - Friday 14 November 2008
Between 6 and 10 May 2008 artist John Newling,
assisted by Nicola Martin and Kerry Howarth, met 500 people between
Euston and St Pancras stations.
From each person he collected a written response to the
question: 'What do you do to make yourself feel better?' The
responses were overwhelming, giving the project a narrative that
was both revealing and moving. 'Make a Piano in
Spain' is a project by Newling that investigates and
transforms these responses.
The project comprises a large wall-based work listing 50
situations constructed from: the material gathered; a public
reading, 'Out Loud', of all 500 incidents; and a book of the
investigations and transformations that Newling pursued.
Of the constructed situations Newling writes: "Each situation
becomes a potential event that makes for a very human kind of
medicine - both a cartography of us and a conceivable territory to
experience. They are a programme of possibilities and a series of
dramas made possible from 500 people's generous engagement."