my suss of the mural project is:
i'm getting a general feel that there is some support for this.
The muralist ( not from london but new york) is in italy now but she will be in contact after 8th june or so when back from her trip. She does want to do this, she likes the idea that no money is involved, but people. Her work is not 'celebratory' (as she says) so i'm not worried about having to deal with 'cafe-scenes'...whew. It might be more political than we like - or , what you think, is this possible? As she is an activist, her one suggestion was -hilariously: "What about the theme? Could it be generally political - a little Bhopal, Darfur, Palestine, water boarding, riot police etc. seen through an otherwise pristine forest? Suggestions welcome." So as you can see, it's not really 'literal' . Personally, I like a 'general political' idea, as I feel that our space- and the people - are very open and tuned to the wider world in a kind of general activist way, but this might not be everybodys feeling about what we need for the space. Having seen her mural style, i think it would look really good, interesting and pack the punch. But to my mind it all is about how it actually will in the end look like. Is it something that we all think would be interesting to look at for a long time? And, this will in the end depend on us, our opinions and suggestions for the piece.
So, practically, we would think of wall suggestions - what we would like to offer for this - , and get to her some pics and measurements. ( I can do this once I know what wall/s would be available) She will then work WITH us - meaning she will do some designs, based on our suggestions, or ideas of her own, we have a meeting and see what we think, and let her know what we like or do not, and perhaps also have some further suggestions. she will provide more design and we will approve what we want and then she will work with us on the details of the actual execution. we will have a date set out to do the mural collaboratively, we will document this for her. so the project is about the production of this mural for us, with us and by us.
Tove... should we talk about this in a frontofhouse meeting? let me know when its planned...i will be gone for a week from wednesday but will be around after that.