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Winter 2002


This parcel is out of 35 which will be sent out as part of an art project during the next couple of months. The title of this project is "breathing". This is an invitation to be part of the project.

The people to whom we are sending this are all people we either know or who are known to people we know. The parcel will be sent to the following countries:

Australia Finland Iceland Lithuania Spain
Brasilia France India Macao Switzerland
Britain Germany Iran Morocco Sweden
Canada Greece Israel Mongolia South Africa
China Greenland Italy New Zealand Thailand
Denmark Holland Jordan Peru Turkey
Egypt Hungary Lebanon Poland USA

The parcel contains:

a white cardboard box containing the following:

  • this letter
  • a white folder containing the work ”breathing”, consisting of seven pieces of paper with text and drawings
  • a roll of double sided tape
  • a note book
  • a pencil
  • a disposable camera with film
  • a return envelope

If you would like to take part in this project we would like you to do the following:

  • Place the work ”breathing” (the seven sheets) somewhere in your home and leave it there for three weeks.(You can use the double sided tape).
  • placement

  • Place note book and pencil by it for the same three weeks and use them for any possible comments. These comments could be about the art work itself, about your experience around having it there, or there could be comments from possible guests. You can write it in your own language or in English or both. It is up to you what you write, even if it is nothing.
  • With the disposable camera we would ask you to take the following five photos:
    1. A photo of the piece of art where you choose to place it
    2. A photo of the inhabitants of your home together with the piece
    3. A photo of the note book and pencil where you choose to place it for the three weeks
    4. A photo of the inhabitants of the home outside their house
    5. A photo of your own choice
  • At the end of the three weeks we would ask you to place the camera and the note book (even if it is blank) into the return envelope and send it back to us, please.

This project will lead to web-site, a book and two exhibitions - one in Iceland and one in Denmark. The whole project will be documented here. (Naturally, your names and addresses will not be published). The exhibition will consist of: A) The documentation, B) a very long freeze of the theoretically unending work of art breathing, C) one simple long table with seven stacks of the same seven sheets, which we sent to you. The spectator will be invited to help her/him self to a series of these sheets.

If you decide to be part of this we will report back to you as the exhibition in Iceland is approaching. Of course, we will also let you know when the web-site is open. Here the participants (with Internet access) will have the opportunity to see each other’s response as well as anyone interested will be able to develop the discussion, that we wish to open.
You are very welcome to contact us if you have any queries.

We hope that you will be part of this project.

Yours sincerely

Steinunn Helga Sigurdardóttir & Hanne Godtfeldt