Beach Hut Blog by Sarah Carne Part 1: After my LOVE commission last year, which took the form of videos about moments of public communication as interventions in the information screens of the Royal Festival Hall, I spent time thinking about whether the resulting artwork, This is a Public Service Announcement, had had the effect I […]

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It’s been a while since the Festival of Love ended but I’ve not been resting. The thinking that this commission has prompted, or extended, hasn’t been resting. It has fed into my ongoing work, sprouting new branches of thought. My colleagues at Tate, where I work part-time, would laugh at me referring to sprouts – […]

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When I was a teenager I played french horn with a youth orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as part of a young people’s event. They made a record of it – but who knows what happened to that. I do know we missed school. In my twenties I did a term of tap dancing […]

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I was at the RFH last Friday night, notebook in hand, ready to talk to strangers. I was expecting it to be lively (it was) and a very different crowd – but I was wrong about the latter. Although there were many people there for the performance, the ten minute dances, the hanging out with […]

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And so today I really started to enjoy myself. I was talking to Sarah Fox, the creative producer at People United, a few weeks ago, and she asked me how I was feeling about the project. I said I was finding it interesting, challenging, often frustrating, (as I said in my last post) and that […]

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We’re over half way through the festival and I definitely feel time’s winged chariots at my back. I’m also feeling increasingly frustrated but it’s not a bad frustration – it’s really forcing me to think about the difficulty of communication, and the fine line between an invitation or an instruction, how we feel when we’re […]

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I’m writing this live from the ticket desks at the Southbank Centre. I’ve been given access to the screens above the ticket desks, so I can write a message and it will appear above our heads. I’ve experimented with what to say – I thought I had it planned before I came but of course […]

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This week more tests. In toilets and on the street. I’m trying to create an audio piece that will be playing in the toilets at the Festival Hall – one women’s, one men’s. It’s a piece about cycling to work, and how catching people’s eye is so important, but also about the thoughts that pass […]

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In my first post I mentioned a video about smiling, I realised it’s rather ungenerous to talk about a video without letting people see it – so here’s a link https://vimeo.com/38572147 and the password is You in love? The work has been shown in various situations including East End Academy, Whitechapel gallery and the Oriel […]

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Today I’m trying to re-shoot the test. Yesterday I was re-shooting the test. Indeed at 5.30 on monday morning I was re-shooting the test. It’s only six words. But oh the nuances that can occur in 6 words (let alone the lighting and the angles and the interruptions and the technical hitches). The thing that […]

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