There’s an argument that says being part of a social networking site, writing a blog, or having a Twitter account is all about self-promotion, developing the ‘Brand of Me’, or at worst, self-indulgent naval-gazing. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard people say ‘but what’s the point of it all? Why do you spend time telling the world what you had for breakfast?’
Personally, I rarely mention what I had for breakfast online (I tend to focus on dinner), but I do enjoy the glimpse sites like Twitter give into people’s everyday experiences. If my train’s delayed in Manchester, I find it strangely comforting to discover that Dave, the guy I talk to about blogging on Twitter, is suffering the same fate in Devon.
But then, I’m interested in the everyday. I once visited the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and ignored the tanks and films and interactive stuff, preferring to gaze for hours at the contents of a typical WW2 soldier’s backpack.
A new exhibition at the Royal Exchange Theatre is focusing on exactly that kind of minutiae – creating an exhibition about the private displays we make in our own homes. And, if you’re feeling brave, you could be part of it.
The Royal Exchange team have put together a list of activities they’d like people to complete and submit to them by 10th December to help them assemble the exhibition.
Here’s the list:
MAKE A MAP – make a map of your room, flat, house – any kind of map – a map that shows on it the things that matter to you.
YOUR LISTS – collect up some of your old lists – shopping lists, reminders, to-do lists etc.
YOUR DOOR – take a photo of your door (could be a back door, front door, your room door).
CORNERS OF HOME – examine three corners of your home. Draw them, photograph them or write about them.
DREAMS – write or draw a dream.
NIGHTMARES – write or draw a nightmare.
YOU CAN PUT YOUR CONTENT INTO THE COLLECTION BOX AT THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE’S EDUCATION LOUNGE, OR SEND IT VIA FREEPOST TO: EXCHANGE EDUCATION, ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE, FREEPOST (MR8027) MANCHESTER M2 8BL.
The resulting exhibition will be on display at the theatre on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th January 2010 – 10:30am-7:30pm, and Saturday 16th January 11am – 8pm.