Margaret Roberts LITTLE-HANNE-DARBOVEN 2018 (above: brown paper stencils), planned as part of Crossfires at Articulate project space during 14-29 July, 2018, opening Friday 13 July 6-8pm. Crossfires is an exhibition curated by Barbara Halnan to remember artist and colleague Rose Anne McGreevy who died in 2014.


LITTLE-HANNE-DARBOVEN spells its title out across the length of Articulate one letter each day for the three weeks that Crossfires occupies the space, starting on 10 July.  Each letter is swept to the wall before the next is made. It marks each day with a simple ritual that uses Darboven’s time-histories as a type of borrowed content, copying her own practice of repeatedly scribing the words of weighty historic texts.  See an introduction to Darboven here.

The plan for LITTLE-HANNE-DARBOVEN came to me while reading about Darboven’s 1971 work, Books: A Century, a ceremonial recognition of time as part of the objective reality in which we live. This plan is to:

1.     divide length of a location equally by 21
2.     cut 13 paper squares by that length
3.     cut one letter of LITE-HANDRBOV from each to make 13 stencils
4.     locate pile of stencils on floor at one end, and lean a broom beside
5.     on day 1,  collect dirt by sweeping floor and nearby footpaths
6.     locate stencil L on floor against wall at starting point
7.     place day 1’s found dirt on floor to fill the empty L
8.     remove stencil and return to pile of stencils
9.     on day 2 collect dirt by sweeping floor and nearby footpaths
10.  locate stencil I beside where yesterday’s square would have been
11.  sweep dirt from yesterday's L against the wall
12.  place day 2’s found dirt to fill the empty I
13.  remove stencil and return to stencil pile
14.  repeat 5. to 13. progressing through the letters spelling LITTLE-HANNE-DARBOVEN, until 3 weeks ends and length of location is reached.

Below are images of: one of the letters that spelt out the phrase LITTLE-HANNE-DARBOVEN over 21 days, day 19 (with Crossfires work of Jacek Przybyszewski and Barbara Halnan) and the last day when the other Crossfires work had been removed.


above image: Katherine Scott