My Life With John

My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Spending no more then 28 euro, buy: a knife, a sport related souvenir and something Vietnamese
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Go to the main train station and find track Nr 1.
Write a and send a letter (personifying a teenager) to the Latin American singer Chayenne.
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Light a match and invert it.
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Open your eyes while sucking a lemon, make an "art video" of it and name the piece: "what was that you tried to say?"
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Take a picture of you praying in the dark.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Make a drawing of glaciers and Icebergs.
Al Ritmo de la Noche
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Repeat the tone A 23 times and make a rhythm out of it.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Pay someone to translate the word "news" to Spanish.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Pay someone to translate the word "news" to Spanish.
My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
My Life With John, 2001
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Spending no more then 28 euro, buy: a knife, a sport related souvenir and something Vietnamese
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Sp...
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Installation view, Alma
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Go to the main train station and find track Nr 1.
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Go...
Write a and send a letter (personifying a teenager) to the Latin American singer Chayenne.
Write a and send a letter (personif...
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Light a match and invert it.
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Li...
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Open your eyes while sucking a lemon, make an "art video" of it and name the piece: "what was that you tried to say?"
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Op...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Take a picture of you praying in the dark.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Ta...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do...
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell ...
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell ...
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell ...
Find someone named Martin and tell him a made up story about a man who dated two women simultaneously, tell him you just heard it on the news.
Find someone named Martin and tell ...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do a fashion review
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Do...
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Make a drawing of glaciers and Icebergs.
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Ma...
Al Ritmo de la Noche
Al Ritmo de la Noche
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Repeat the tone A 23 times and make a rhythm out of it.
Assignment from Erla to Daniela: Re...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Pay someone to translate the word "news" to Spanish.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Pa...
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Pay someone to translate the word "news" to Spanish.
Assignment from Daniela to Erla: Pa...

Erla Haraldsdóttir and Daniela Franco met at the Art Institute in 1997 and have kept in touch since then. Last fall they started working on a collaboration. My Life With John is their exchange and process.

Being as far apart as they possibly be (Daniela living in Mexico and Erla in Iceland) they integrated their distance as part of the piece. Combining the idea of having someone else decide the outcome of your piece, as Erla has done in previous work, with the idea of creating through constrains and restrictions as present in most of Daniela's body of work, they came up with a system through which they exchange ”assignments” periodically”.

As one gave the other a list of task to perform and document, the other did so by interpreting and documenting the assignment as she pleased. The assignments were random and variated. For example: repeat the tone ”A” 23 times and make a rhythm out of it, send a letter (personifying a teenager) to the latin american singer Chayanne, find a street address number 6. Make a creature that is a mixture of an alien and an angel, pay someone to translate the word ”news” to spanish.

Behind each list of assignments was a system that each artist followed and that the other was not aware of. Erla’s tasks were based on her ”all time favorite songs” while Daniela’s were based on the listings from expired american tv guides.

The result of their exchanges are presented in ”My Life With John”, including video, still images, text and sounds. The show is formed by documentation of the actual pieces (i.e. the performance of the task) and is currently up at the alma Löv Museum in Sweden.

Incidentally, Erla and Daniela hadn’t seen each other since the first time they met. They planned and developed the entire piece through e-mail and met finally at the Almalöv opening.

Alma löv, 7/6/ 2001