In line with the relaxed and simple approach to the agifash project we are doing a few snaps of Jonathan Meese wearing the new land uniform - for publicity material - well he was coming to stay anyway and the uniforms were due a field test. Ok simple I’ve got an instamatic, except now we have a crew of thousands - lights, cameras, designers, stylists, catering managers, animal trainers, make up etc. Suddenly Giles Deacon is worried about what it means to show half finished versions of his designs, who owns the images? will Jonathan be pissed at being used as a gimp? who’s ‘work’ is it? will the pigs play ball, how will they sign the contract? Oh and everyone seems to be going to Glastonbury en route, can the bathroom cope? I love it when a plan fall apart At the last minute Jonathan cancelled, overworked, his gallery cleared his diary till the end of July. The ensuing hou ha finds myself and Ben Juneau drawn into the breach, and as it said in the Japanese phrase book we used in Japan – (sex section and in relation to a request to ‘touch me there’) ‘it’s ok I’ll do it myself’ something of a mantra in the Lake District and applied to everything from cleaning the toilets to legal action to building a house and open heart surgery (I do have a steady hand and good craft skills). The Giles land uniforms have suddenly gone space blanket – Giles is into space, that’s the place not the concept – I am a little afraid Ben and I will look like fat grand prix drivers, hopefully space blanket is very sliming.

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YES (the site and branding designers) recently suggested a theme tune for me “C**** Still Rule the World’ (a Jarvis song). I remember thinking (after the initial shock of being called a c*** in my own home - while having to admit that c**** are the social grouping to which I belong) that actually anyone that can be arsed can rule the world – but it takes a bit of arseing – that ruling the world thing has a default setting reverting it to the person that can be bothered (and it looks to be a lot of bother). Jarvis clearly thinks that sweeping aside the c**** would help and then maybe let the arseholes have a go (his social grouping I guess), frankly I think they would make a right fist of it, but I think we should consider giving the dickheads a shot.

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This blog is a diary of the development of the Agrifashionistas project, personal comment and thought and other vaguely related material. Anyone that can be arsed can contribute to it via the comments section. In Janurary with the help of many artists, media folk, special interest groups - well anyone really who is interested enough to do it – we are planning to bring together a laid back exploration/presentation of the ways ideas and culture is ‘translated’ through the media and by the artists and others. I ‘m telling you putting together some laid back shit is a mighty complex and stressful business. Boy do you have to plan a lot with a lot of people and a lot of complex personal relationships. At this stage no one much agrees on anything much, a brief run through of what various people are after would include; chaos, order, glamour, crud, cool, uncool, art people, other people, experimentation, career enhancement, status, money, reality, virtuality, a programme to sell to a TV station, a bunch of un-watchable stuff. So with a bit of luck/skill all this will stay fully unresolved throughout the project, but I think I am going to have a battle on my hands against the forces of reason and order, code named ‘Mrs Fiona’. I was involved in this talk the other day where this theory guy explained some rather obvious things in a very long winded way. However one notion I did find interesting was the idea that complexity was a political position, an opposition to the idea of value -comparative value - so that to complexify is to challenge the capitalist status quo, that complexity is an attempt to value the world around us in a real way. But why on earth should we want to do that all of a sudden?

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It's is nice for a change to work with people that get on with it, tell me what to do and know what they want. Being a model is hard work though, my arms are stiff, holding a squealing pig is tough, standing still and sustaining 'Blue Steel' for long periods is also testing, Ben seems like a professional, never needs any direction. The image looked good though, slightly surreal, almost like a stage set, amazing what a professional photographer can do. Donald Milne for those interested, not only a good photographer but also a man that tells an anecdote and a joke in the exact same voice, making it hard to know how to laugh. In only slightly less cuckoo land, fundraising is proving more difficult than expected. No money from the Henry Moore Foundation, they inform us they are going back to basics with thier new director (from Scotland) concentrating on sculpture and drawing. I feel an idea for a drawing show coming on, it may feel a little uncomfortable at first but I am sure once I get going I 'll love it.

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