This year at Forest Fringe Gemma and James from Action Hero are working with holistic massage therapist Blue Hesse at The Forest Café’s Sip n Snip Salon to bring Art Massages to the people of Edinburgh, as part of our Jerwood Curatorial Bursaries project.
There’s some information below from Gemma and James about how the project is going to work and, more importantly, how you can get involved.
The idea is that participants sit for a 10 minute oil massage whilst listening to a podcast of an artist talking about/on/around their art. A nice little refuge away from the crowds. Time to meditate on what we’re doing and why we do it.
We’re looking for 10 minute long audio of you talking about ideas you’re interested in at the moment, or things that are inspiring you. This is totally open to interpretation, but the masseuse has asked that we don’t present anything too emotional as it will affect the massage. Just a chat about your inspirations in a relaxed way, a personal account of why and what you do or what you’re thinking about at the moment. It could be a piece of work in itself or some more philosophical thoughts about your art. We’re most interested in participants just being able to hear something interesting, calm and soothing as an antidote to the festival rather than a pitch promoting your work! Your name or the name of your company will be listed on a menu for the participant to choose from so don’t feel like you need to say who you are but you can if you like! If you want us to include a website or something on the menu then just let us know.
Send your audio files (any format is fine, all recordings need to be as close to 10 mins as possible) to info[at]actionhero.org.uk by the 31st July. You can try and use www.senduit.com (or a similar thing) if the file is too big.
We’ll try to use as many of the podcasts as possible, and will let you know if we’re using yours or not.
We look forward to hearing from you!