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First Impressions Last

First Impressions Last

My colleague Eric and I went to this event at Kemistry Gallery at lunchtime today. (That's him in the pic, being written about.)

First Impressions Last - a playful look at identity, anonymity, and naturally, first impressions. Visitors are invited into the gallery to stand before 5 writers, seated in the room, and become the subject of a two-minute free writing session. A polaroid is then taken of the subject, which is kept with the writers’ vignettes.
Then, as part two of the exhibit, for the month of November participants and visitors will be challenged to match the portraits with their first impression stories.

It was really interesting - you stand before them, feeling very exposed as the writers all loudly clack away on their typewriters - the only noise in the room. Someone who looks like me is obviously going to be used to people having a reaction to the way I present myself... but Eric, who looks very 'normal', aparently felt pretty self conscious.

Yay for working near Hoxton! Can't wait to see what they wrote...


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Oct. 28th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an excellent writing exercise.
Oct. 28th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Might adapt it if I run out of ideas on Nanowrimo...
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's a pretty interesting idea. Will you post what they wrote?
Oct. 28th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I will indeed! Providing I can identify which one is about me... I'm not quite sure how it'll work in that part of the exhibit.
Looking forward to seeing it though :-)
Oct. 30th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
This sounds pretty cool.
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
What did they write?
I am so curious!
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