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Agnes Platt

Agnes Platt

inspired by fluxus ideas and pattern thoughts, i devised a simple method to leave everything up to chance while following a very simple set of rules:
• take the dog for a walk (i borrowed the dog. good deed of the day.)
• whenever the dog stops, pick up the first object the dog expresses interest in (or the closest object that can be picked up)
• stop when you have enough objects or the dog is tired (whichever happens first).
so while this is not completely fluxus, i like the idea of combining chance and rules. it is very much like a game, where you folow a few guidelines, but some things are up to the dice/cards/luck.
the reason for this mini-game: i did not like how i set out to do the excersice at first & knew that i was looking for stuff, so i would automatically look for “interesting pieces. true randomness cannot be created within the human brain. so i took an outside, non-influenced aid – the dog, who sees the world much differently from me – to guide me to objects i did not conciously pick out & only saw when prompted to do so.
this had an interesting and immediate effect: i noticed coins stuck in the bushy undergrowth next to the muddy road – had the dog not pushed away the grass, they wouldn’t have been visible at all – and the remains of a blue necklace caught in the branches of a vine far off the way. then the dog ran even further off the path pulling me deeper into the vineyard we were passing through. we then happed upon a very odd sight: a small mountain of crushed snail shells – i wonder what the story is behind them?
three were intact still, so i took them with me. the visual impressed me so much i made it the basis of my box. 3 snail shells, 3 coins, 3 blue pearls, arranged symmetrically. why clutter the box when i can express something through nine simple objects? something grown by nature, something man-made from nature’s resources, something artificial completely out of place in nature.
the snail shells i carried home in my hand & they fit together so neatly, into such a beautiful and enticing pattern, that i recreated it as a miniature mountain, in deference to the original snail shell hill. the coins all turned out to be 1 euro cents, the smallest piece of currency we have. almost worthless, but without it, gibing change in cash would be almost impossible. the necklace is cheap, shimmering blue acrylic. i will maybe make a new necklace out of it, see what i can turn it into, reusing what i find.and last: 3 is one of my favourite numbers, it is the number of the triangle and thus always creates a very dynamic, angular constellation. going in threes is the magical way to go :-)

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