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Installation view of File under Sacred Music and File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

Rhythm-A-Ning was commissioned by Context Galleries as a public artwork for the site Waltons New School of Music in Dublin in April 2005. It was then brought to the Context Galleries as a further examination of the relationship between site and artwork. The exhibition featured Iain and Jane's new project-based initiative Change My Life.

Stephen Chobsky's The Perks of Being A Wallflower - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange
Stephen Chobsky's book The Perks of Being A Wallflower - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange

Change My Life is Iain and Jane's attempt to instigate cultural evolution through the exchange of influential ideas. They do this by inviting participants to exchange an object that has in some way changed their life in return for an object that has changed someone else's life. The proposition promotes the perpetuation of influential ideas, inviting participants to actively seed the evolution of those around them and to be hosts to the influences of others.

Home-made tape of Lena Horne songs - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange
Home-made tape of Lena Horne songs - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange

1,000 Change My Life leaflets were distributed around Derry's bars, galleries, cafes and public spaces in the run up to Rhythm-A-Ning a Context Galleries.

“To participate, please select something to donate to the exchange. This can be anything that has had a positive influence on the way you think, something that’s affected the person you are and has, in some way, changed your life. It might be, for example, a book, a CD, a film, a musical score or a poem. Use one of the leaflets provided to write a little about what the object is and how it has influenced you. This is an opportunity to participate in educating and influencing another person – a chance to perpetuate a good idea. Attach the message to your object before you donate it to the exchange, then select an object donated by someone else to take away with you. Try to be as open as possible to new ideas when you make your selection, try to surprise yourself and challenge your assumptions. Engage with your new object and learn from it. Remember that every item in the exchange is loaded with significance to another person and will act as a host for a self-replicating pattern of information. It has changed someone else’s life, open yourself to the possibility that it could be transposed and also change yours. Influence and be influenced."

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, March 2005

CD of Suicide the first Suicide album - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange
CD of Suicide the first Suicide album - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange

The other artists in Ryhthm-A-Ning were Ciara Finnegan ands Finatn Friel. Ciara Finnegan is an artist from Northern Ireland. For Rhythm-A-Ning, Ciara’s new work Training consisted of a short silent black and white digital movie, reminiscent of the simplicity of silent-era cinema, and three separate piano accompaniments to the film, commissioned by the artist from three composers from Waltons New School. Fintan Friel, also from Ireland produced a new work titled Reign of a Perpetual Present 1-24 which was presented in the corridors, hallways, and stairwells of Waltons New School.

CD of White Light White Heat by The Velvet Underground - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange
CD of White Light White Heat by The Velvet Underground - an item donated to the Change My Life exchange

Rhythm-A-Ning
Context Galleries
Playhouse Theatre
5-7 Artillery Street
Derry

18 June - 9 July 2005
Open 11am - 5.30pm Tuesday - Saturday
Free admission
For more information, visit the project web site:
www.thiswillchangemylife.com

 

 

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