Don’t forget the most important rule: Make sure to have fun!
Play that new game you just got for hours at a time
Spend time with friends and family
What? Do your chores? Go to the gym? But that’s not fun. Why do something if it isn’t fun?
Put on an endless stream of online content to sort of watch
Pick up a new hobby for, like, a week or two
Start your homework? Send an email? You’re joking, right? Just do it later I guess.
Stress about all of the boring, important things you need to get done
Struggle to catch up on all of those things far past their deadlines
These ones must be fun because you’re going out of your way to make them happen
Do it again
This piece was partially inspired by some of the works we discussed in class, such as Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, where the art itself is somewhat dangerous to the artist. While not exactly “dangerous”, performing my piece would definitely be harmful for the artist. It was for this reason primarily that I didn’t explicitly carry out this score. However, I obviously drew pretty heavily from some of my own firsthand experiences, so I do have a bit of a sense of what doing it deliberately would be like. I was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago, and I wanted to use this score to sort of show in a more understandable way the kinds of things that causes me to do when I let it get out of hand, as well as explore the idea of what giving in and taking it to the extreme would look like.
This also plays into the other main theme I wanted to explore, which was taking everyday things or lifestyles and turning them into art to give a new perspective. When taken at face value, this just seems like a set of unhealthy habits. However, I think looking at it through this lens shows it in a bit of a different light and allows possibly for a better understanding of the subject. Like I had mentioned before, this score was never really intended as something that should actually be performed, but more as a different way to think about some of my experiences for both myself and others to learn from.