Learning to Love You More

Learning to Love You More

Book - 2007
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In a world obsessed with 'reality' programming, the collaborative public art project known as "Learning To Love You More" offers a refreshing take on how people think, act and love. Created by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, the web-based project, begun in 2002, offers more than sixty 'assignments' that can be completed by anyone: 'Write the phone conversation you wish you could have'; 'Draw a constellation from someone's freckles'; 'Take a flash photo under your bed.' Completed assignments are posted on the web site; to date, more than 5,000 people have participated - artists and non-artists of all ages, from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. July and Fletcher have curated a selection of the most memorable submissions - some moving, others hilarious and oddly brilliant, to create a pop culture collage that tells a larger story about life today. The result is an engaging, heartwarming, idea sparking book sure to inspire, teach, and entertain. Her film "Me And You And Everyone We Know" (Film Four) was a cult hit in 2005 - it won 15 Awards including the Golden Camera at Cannes and the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the Sundance film festival.
Publisher: Munich ; New York : Prestel, c2007
ISBN: 9783791337333
Characteristics: 158 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Apr 11, 2011

Learning to Love You More was a project by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July where they put assignments on a website for the general public to participate in. Over 8000 people submitted their work and the book is a compilation of some of what they received. And now, I’m online talking about the book which is culled from the site. So many layers!

From 2002 to 2009, Fletcher and July asked people to do things like make an encouraging banner, record the sound that is keeping you awake, take a flash photo under your bed, take a picture of your parents kissing, make a paper replica of your bed, and so on.

The results from these assignments are interesting, funny, sad, entertaining and give the spectator a tiny glimpse into someone else’s life. Usually with art, the viewer is trying to interpret what the artist is trying to convey using their own series of cues and learned ideas. With all of these things, the simple idea of each assignment is so clear that one isn’t left wondering what the artist was trying to accomplish. This makes each of the assignments both simple and complex and because of the nature of the work done, the project becomes a look at human behavior that becomes a map of how we are connected to each other.

Dec 07, 2010

This book makes me so happy. Guaranteed to restore your faith in humanity.

May 22, 2008

Guaranteed to get you out of a minor to mid-grade depression. For something more severe, see subject heading : Depression, Mental.


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