The Tuesday talk at the Whitworth was given by Lucy Byatt- an arts professional who is currently "Head of National Programmes at the Contemporary Art Society". She says she is "interested in the evolution of cultural ecologies" which is (I think) an important-sounding way of saying "getting artists to do things". Her talk was a bit informative and a bit opaque- with lots of "ums" and "ers" between the jargon phrases. Somewhere along the line she seemed to have lost sight of the idea that art might be- you know- fun.
Odi came round in the afternoon and I flogged myself like a dead horse to entertain the kids. I always do this. It's a compulsion. Show me a kid and I turn into a cross between a Blue Peter presenter and an old time song and dance man. Generally speaking I prefer kids to adults. They're wholly uncritical and omni-appreciative. You do a little dance whilst singing The Moon Shines Bright on Charlie Chaplin and they think you're amazingly cool and want to join in. You can do things with kids you would only do with adults if you and they were drunk.