I heard Agnes likes to dance. Have you tried playing her a song?
We listened to some music this afternoon and it was really nice and relaxing. There’s not much room in the structure so I wonder if she’d be able to dance. I’ll find out if she’s interested in having a little dance party.
Do you have any privacy? What if you blocked the tunnels with pillows or put a sheet over the structure? Or turned on "Never gonna give you up" by Rick Astley really loud to mask phone conversations?
If I need privacy, I can escape into my bedroom. I think lack of privacy is probably more of an issue for her considering she’s inside a clear structure. I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point this week, she rigs up some sort of curtain inside there.
I wonder what smells she likes and hates. Could you pump some in to the bubble and get her feedback? Maybe as part of your cooking...
I am still doing very little cooking (we ordered pizza for dinner tonight), so cooking smells are definitely out. Seems like the inside of the bubble is a little stuffy. She told me tonight that she may not be getting enough air and it could be affecting her perceptions of reality. For safety’s sake I don’t think I’ll pump anything into the bubble other than fresh air.
Maybe you should invent and initiate a drinking game with the artist.
Darnit. If this were taking place next week, I’d totally do that. But I’m in my last of 12 weeks of self-imposed alcohol detox. I’d love to invent some other kind of game to play with her so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know!
I made a veggie lasagna that I thought was pretty good. The City Paper can verify the alleged deliciousness of this lasagna when it stops by for a visit on Thursday.
p.s. Agnes and I didn’t start the blog together to document the project. I started it on my own late Sunday night after I posted a picture of Agnes on Facebook and someone asked if I’d be giving updates throughout the week. I thought a blog would be the easiest way to update anyone who wanted to keep up with our project.
What are the consequences if you, Philippa, default on a term of the contract you've signed with Agnes? This is all so intriguing and exciting!
Very astute question Josef! I am already in danger of default and Agnes and I discussed this possibility this afternoon. There are no real consequences other than the regret that I will feel at the end of this project for not having carried out my end of the agreement. Interestingly, I have always considered regret to be something to be avoided at all costs.
I almost always regret the things I didn’t do and rarely regret having tried something new. In fact, trying something new and pushing beyond one’s personal boundaries usually results in lots of self-improvement. Despite these benefits, I am finding it difficult to fulfill some of Agnes’ requests. For example, today she asked me to perform a Bruce Nauman performance piece with her. I was super busy today and didn’t make time to do it and now I regret it. Plus, I simply hate to perform in front of an audience (there’s a video camera on us almost all of the time) so I kept myself just busy enough to avoid doing it. I tend to avoid doing uncomfortable things with the hope that those situations will just magically disappear so I don’t have to confront my fear.
I confess, upon seeing your pics, I was instantly pulled back to my middle school science class to the memory of Harry, our adorable gerbil mascot, who ran through his maze of tubes and wheels everyday in a curiously thoughtful, routine way—or so I perceived it. Always wondered what his little world must have looked like to him and what he made of us, his doting keepers?
Thanks and see you tomorrow! ~Rachel
p.s. Harry was a messy bugger and ate like a horse.
One huge difference: you probably didn’t have amazing conversations with Harry like the ones I am having with Agnes.