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  • Here is the performance to camera work we made. They were both shot with Gemma’s stills camera and we hope to develop these ideas into something else perhaps with a better camera and a bigger road trip. Gemma was attempting to ‘become America(n)’ by placing herself within an American landscape rather than in front of […]

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  • (blog by Laura) Hey Y’all!!!! I’m learnin’ the Boot Scootin’ Boogie on my computer. I knew this dance once. I mean, I’m pretty sure I did. but i aint done it in a coon’s age. Thankfully this lady on the computer made herself a youtube video. She made sure to wear a cowboy hat, high-heeled boots, and […]

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  • Gemma and I are back from our American roadtrip. Well actually we got back yesterday but having arrived late in the evening after 12 hours driving we stopped in ‘The Pizza Joint’ in San Francisco and ordered a slice of ‘on the road’ pizza (that’s actually what it was called). Whilst eating our slice someone […]

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  • Yesterday evening we went to a karaoke bar with the intention of each of us performing ‘Stand By Me’ by Tammy Wynette. When we got there however we changed our minds and staged our own individual interventions into the Karaoke format. These included: Andrea singing Bruce Springsteen Richie singing a song about a car whilst […]

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  • Today is our fourth day together as 8 collaborators and after yesterday’s NFL experience it feels like we’re really starting to unpick and unravel the complexities of our notion of ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. The notion of America as a story and Americans as storytellers keeps returning and ownership over that story is what […]

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  • Today we tailgated at an NFL football game. For those of you reading this in England, tailgating is hanging out in the carpark (parking lot) of the football stadium before the game and eating food next to your car/truck. This is us tailgating out the back of Andrea’s truck:     Before we left we […]

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  • So we’ve done 2 days together. 10 hours in total. On day one we talked, a lot. We spoke about America, how we felt about it, what it was, where it was, what other people thought it was. Here’s some notes we made:   Then we made a list of tasks we might do over […]

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  • The first time I came to California I told my best friend where I was going and he said “careful Stenhouse, it’s a different country”. I’d always thought of America as a lie I had been told as a child that I’d since disbelieved. Like Santa Claus. As a kid I loved the TV Show […]

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