Love Letter Project comes to Java with an interactive sensory installation.
Performance residue is enhanced by evocative smells & audience contributions.
Aromatic spices: cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, ginger, tumeric are piled high on handmade recycled paper
(bahasa text still peeking through in fragments of torn newspaper within its pages).
Stone bowls hold roses, chilli, brown sugar, vanilla bean & bitter medicinal bark.
The smells of Java… not unlike love: perfumed, spicy, sweet, fiery & bitter….
scents mingling in the hot humid air.
A writing table is installed opposite the performance residue/installation, and gallery visitors write their letters as the performance soundscape is played in the gallery throughout the exhibition.
In an ironic twist, the letters from Java were sent in a packet to Australia, only to be lost in the post… should they ever arrive from their unknown journey they will be added to the blog.
Today the weather is windy and wild.
I collected the mail
and treated myself to lunch
in the local restaurant.
I opened the letters
and read them over coffee
and tart with spun sugar.
Interesting to see patterns emerging in the letters
Lost love new love love you longtime joy regrets…
When I started to post the letters here
I was putting them up as I received them.
But with time I will be shuffling them, putting them with like minded.
So If your letter was in a post, and seems to have disappeared: don’t fret,
It has merely traveled to another post to hang with its kindred spirits.
And if you sent a recent contribution it may well be in an earlier post.
So keep scrolling & reading… and thankyou again
for the trust honesty and wonders of human emotion
that all the letter writers are generous enough to share.
letters are coming from around the world: 13 countries to date…
Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, South Africa, Finland…