Learning to Love You More

Learning to Love You More

Book - 2007
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The best of the groundbreaking website learningtoloveyoumore.com, which asks ordinary people to complete out-of-the-ordinary assignments - with extraordinary results. 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 actual 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"; "Photograph two strangers holding hands"; "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 in the project - artists and non-artists of all ages, from New York to Cullowhee, North Carolina, and from Tel Aviv to Rio de Janeiro. July and Fletcher have curated a selection of the most memorable submissions - some moving, others hilarious and oddly brilliant. Together they 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. 160 colour illustrations
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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