is an interactive anthology of writing which grew out of an art education
project. Three Cambridgeshire based writers, Anne Berkeley, Peter Howard
and André Mangeot, responded to Paved with Gold , an exhibition
of works on the theme of city life which was organised by Simon Wallis at
Kettle's Yard Gallery, between May and June, 1998.
Working with local writer Mick Gowar, the Diarise project developed from
a series of visits to Kettle's Yard by Anne, Peter and André, which
included opportuntities to discuss work in progress, and to share and exchange
other relevant or interesting material. The writing group attended an evening
discussion with the curator and artists from the exhibition as well as watching
Manfred Waffender's film about the composition of Steve Reich's musical
suite City Life. They also made their own video of a shared trip
around Cambridge on an open-topped tour bus. All these activities sparked
ideas and developed links between writers and artists.
As the title Diarise probably suggests, the project became much wider
ranging than simply writing poems in response to paintings, drawings, photographs
and films. It developed into a series of meditiations - or diaries - exploring
the writers' responses to the theme of the city and city life. This web
site comprises the extended and detailed personal responses of Anne, Peter
and André not only to the exhibition and its theme of city life,
but also to the city nearest to where they live, Cambridge. The Diarise
site also includes some examples of artist's work that inspired the writers.
The essence of the Diarise project is interaction. There are Anne's,
Peter's and André's responses to Paved With Gold. There are
works arising from the writers' views of Cambridge, arising from their shared
trip and from other experiences of the city. But finally, there is you,
the viewer and reader,.
Diarise has been organised by Kettle's Yard in collaboration with
the Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, and funded by South Cambridgeshire District
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