TWMAIRL – “36 Questions that lead to Love” by Lynn Lu
“36 Questions that lead to Love”
3 November 2020, 11:00am-2:00pm (London time)
13 November 2020, 11:00am-2:00pm (London time)
15 November 2020, 2:00pm-5:00pm (London time)
- The title of this work is ’36 Questions that lead to love’. It is based on a study by psychologist Arthur Aron and his team, who have been, for 20 years, making people fall in love in a lab.
- There are THREE sets of questions on this sheet. We will take turns to read aloud the question to each other. If I read the question aloud, I will answer first, and then you will answer. For the next question, you will read aloud and so on.
- Each set will take approximately 12 minutes. I will keep time. It’s fine if we do not finish all the questions within time allotted, it is more important to answer each question thoroughly and thoughtfully.
- Finally, we will stare into each other’s eyes for 1 minute.
- Last task: come prepared with a sheet of paper, a pen, and an envelope. We will take 10mins to hand-write a letter to each other, saying exactly what we think of each other. Please exclude any identifying details (yours or mine), so that our letter will be as anonymous as it is frank and forthright.
- Please seal your letters in an envelope labelled 36 Questions that Lead to Love.
- In the next days or so, in an act of reverse pickpocketing, we will each slip our envelope into the bags or pockets of strangers.
Lynn Lu is a visual artist from Singapore. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, completed a Doctoral program at Musashino Art University in Tokyo (ABD) on a full scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010 she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle in Australia. In her practice, the sentient body is seen as the main medium for perceiving and presenting (versus representing) meaning (versus message) through direct personal experience. Engaging vigorously with the present reality of all that is here-and-now, the meaning of her context-specific works often manifests in the resonant relationships created between herself and her audience, and between the audience themselves. Among other honors, Lynn was awarded Southampton Solent University’s Research and Enterprise Grant (2012), Singapore National Arts Council Grants (2006-2013), NAC Emerging Artist Grant, and the Lee Foundation Grant (2003). She received the Lois Nellie Gill Award from the Ucross Foundation (2000), and the Samuel Rosenberg Senior Art Award from Carnegie Mellon University (1999). She has also been granted several prestigious artist fellowships, including residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in the United States. Since 1997, Lynn has exhibited and performed extensively worldwide. Recent venues include Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2019), Framer Framed (2018), National Gallery Singapore (2017), Science Gallery London (2017), Saatchi Gallery (2017), Palais de Tokyo (2015), The Barbican (2015), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2013), Tate Modern (2010), Beijing 798 Art Zone (2009), and Singapore Art Museum (2007). Universities where Lynn has taught, and given talks and papers include School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, San Francisco Art Institute, Camberwell College of Art, Wimbledon College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Winchester School of Art, Theatre Academy Helsinki, Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich, Massey University in Wellington, Hansung University in Seoul, and National University of Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Technological University, and School of the Arts (SOTA) in Singapore. Lynn lives and works between Singapore and London. She is a Visiting Artist at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Associate Lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and Associate Artist at ]performance s p a c e [.