Things that influenced me today Thursday August 12
2021/ 1996 ( 1996 performance project)
1. Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules
The most important thing I have come into contact with today, are Andy Warhol’s time capsules.
Around 1 AM, wide awake as always, I Googled for people who time capsuled themselves as art.
So they pretend to live in a different time.
The reason I was looking for that, was because I have been on a project to pretend to be living 25 years ago.
By the fact that I was Googling on my phone when it was supposedly 1996, illustrates I still have not nailed it after two years.
A search that must have been somewhere in the lines of “time capsule art” did not give new hits for people living in a different era – a Victorian Couple and a woman living in 1958 are the most famous ones – but it gave me Warhol’s time capsules, and I had never heard of that.
Over the course of today I toyed with the idea of using that for my art. It seemed like a brilliant way to combine my art, which I make under different names (Lauren Harteveld is my alter-ego)
The idea to create one page a day where I collect everything I make, including a mention of letters I write, and other creativity that is not for the public.
The idea appealed to me to have it all collected – that letters were written, vision board cards were laminated, and other intangible forms of art were expressed.
But precisely because I work under multiple names, and really think they should all be found by whomever is there to find them-
I do not want to cross link them-
that is the reason I decided to go to the more fundamental art.
What were my artistic expressions, that make this day unique?
What influenced me, that makes this day unique?
What you are reading now, is my very first time capsule, of Thursday 12th August, 2021.
I went to buy a gift, and I was helped by a transgender, and it really struck a chord with me.
I hope to see more diversity in all jobs. Also contemplated if I myself would get more transgender.
I ve always looked androgynous as a child, and in my 20s as well, when I had short hair.
I started wondering if I would ever go back to that, since that is definitely what came natural to me.
For a few days, I had been aware that I had made a spelling mistake for my blog that is set in 1996.
Instead of giving my pen-pal the name “Nikki”, inspired by Nikki Sixx, I had misspelled it to “Nicky”
I had no idea in how many of the 1996 blog posts this had happened, but I didn’t like the inconsistency.
However, I put it off all the time to correct it.
The character of Nikki, is a British bootleg trader with whom Lauren1996 corresponds.
She tells him all her secrets, the two have something beautiful going there.
Even when it is only on paper.
But I knew that blogging about him as Nicky was doing their relationship short.
And today, when I got home late and really thought I had nothing more to give, I made Nicky, Nikki again.
And then I started this time capsule project and it was way, way too late.
God I really feel so horrible now. And my kitchen is an absolute mess, I just came home, tossed my bag in, and got behind the computer.
Eating whatever could be prepared in under 5 minutes.
(grapefruits with nuts)
My next capsule will be written in the morning, probably Saturday morning 14th.
Nikki’s name turned out to have been misspelled in only one blog post; Last weekend’s.
This is the new updated post:
An unexamined life is not worth living
ABOUT TIME CAPSULES
My time capsules are a written out collection of things that I have come into contact with, and that will influence my art.
The project is Inspired by Warhol, who created one time capsule (box) a month, collecting physical objects.