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ERIC Number: EJ831852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A Time, and a Place, to Gather Stones Together
Biemiller, Lawrence
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n21 pB14 Jan 2009
Lenka Clayton, a British artist and documentary filmmaker, did not leave London and cross the Atlantic Ocean intending to paint tiny, precise numbers on 7,000 loose stones--that idea didn't come to her until later. By the time she began numbering, she had already started a class of freshmen at Alfred University mapping hard-to-map things (like smells) and collecting items that aren't usually collected (secret admissions, photographs of classmates' tattoos, giraffe drawings). She had commissioned a taxidermist to stuff a pigeon and give it a startled look, and she had recreated a barn raising sound by sound. This article describes Clayton's works of art and her "7,000 Stones" project which seems likely to be remembered longest, in part because it's bound up with the curious history of the Steinheim, one of the most unlikely buildings ever to be included on an American college's campus map. Before she left Alfred last month, Clayton had made the Steinheim's history even more curious, and she had entangled hundreds of unsuspecting people in it. Hundreds more, she hopes, will unexpectedly find themselves involved in the months and years to come.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York