15 November 2014 – 14 November 2015


JUST LIKE THIS was the fifth iteration of Fermynwoods’ annual online project.

Artists were invited to create new work that opened up artistic dialogue between artists and participants through a series of online instructions, which could be used as a basis for creating new work.


Invisible Flock
Otto Karvonen
David Littler
James Steventon
Helen Stratford
Shane Waltener



Some of the artists created performative instructions, which required different kinds of interaction, either to enable the instructions to be followed – as in the case of Shane Waltener or James Steventon‘s work – or they took place in a public space – such as Otto Karvonen and Helen Stratford’s work. Invisible Flock and David Littler proposed different ways in which the artwork develops collaboratively over a whole year.

Since this work required our active involvement, we began by internalising the instructions, considering our role, our personal response and our options before enacting the instructions.

As a result, JUST LIKE THIS examined ideas around authorship, collaboration and control, as well as the ever changing relationships between the virtual and physical worlds, between ideas and their execution and how information can be used as a site for exchange for social, aesthetic and conceptual concerns.

Sol LeWitt’s statement that “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art” was used as a starting point for the project, which may be applicable for computer and process based work. However, this does not acknowledge the creative contributions of the participants, unlike Paul Klee, who invited others to “Take a line for a walk”.

Additionally, the artwork created through following Sol Lewitt’s instructions remained his artwork and required a Certificate of Authenticity (although, due to the very nature of humanity, the “machine” would never produce exactly the same work twice), whereas Klee’s suggestion would lead to a different, potentially shared authorship.

In reflection of the cyclical nature of this project, and to encourage everyone to return and upload their responses to the instructions, the first 4 commissions were launched on 15 November 2014, followed by 2 new commissions on 15 January 2015.

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  1. […] conception of drawing as taking a line for a walk, David Littler has a nice online project “A Consequential Calendar for the Curious – taking an instruction for a walk.” It is based on the game of consequences, where each instruction begins with the last word of […]

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