Reception 11.5.15, Thursday, 6-8 pm
You gain a logical understanding when you maintain something: cleaning your dishes after you eat, dusting your bookshelves, vacuuming your floor. These mindless tasks are mindful in their intention. Through the act of cleaning we take responsibility for ourselves and others. You see the object’s problem and you can solve it. Your sentimental relationship to the object becomes cordial and mechanical, as you begin to understand it as related to the tasks that maintain it.
The dialogue that occurs in goal-oriented teams also results in the formation of cordial relationships, as is true in the collaboration of Elizabeth Loux, Rachel Akerley, and Erin Marmer. The efficient communication style they developed designates each individual’s responsibilities, upon which the group relies. They make work that they cannot make alone. The collaboration is formed around the construction of the work, with the hope of continuing a conversation about how full a relationship can be.