99 Problems to be told to a plant & The Excavation of Its Future Memory
published September 2015
Delere Press, Singapore
from the book jacket:
Part performance script, part poetic endeavor, part philosophical meanderings, 99 Problems to be told to a plant & The Excavation of Its Future Memory engages words with and through the material they find themselves embedded in/amongst.
The project was first intended to be a set of aphorisms as part of a performance script performed and displayed alongside plants. The first set of aphorisms accumulated through a spiraling-out from an original set of 13, not necessarily mimicking the growth of a plant or the golden ratio particularly, but following the writer's own convictions and rhythms.
The second half, a meditation and index of the first 99 problems was written some years later; returning impossibly and expanding gregariously the pertinent issue of where the grass meets the ground by providing a possible and probably ground from where the leaves of the 99 aphorisms sprouted.
Where exactly is this text? Is it on the page or in the photo of the page, in reading it aloud or performing it or is it an archive of a performance off writing it? Where does one thing become another, and what have our distinctions done for us anyhow?
The 99 Problems to be told to a plant & The Excavation of Its Future Memory is a published book that also is a project that has come from previous projects and continues to create projects. We have collected here those conversations and doings that have been known to be related to this little book.
The Five Conversations
In the course of putting the final design touches on the book with Yanyun Chen, I also conducted interviews or a sort with people that were close to me or close to mind when I was creating this slim volume. Originally Jeremy and I were thinking of publishing these as a separate book, but I think that they exist very well in the ether of the digital. Throughout the end of 2016, these conversations are made available on this site for anyone who chooses to seek them out.
Conversations and the question of conversation as well as the resolving of certain things only as a by-product of conversation are sometimes a part and a theme of the 99 Problems and along with an interview and/or conversation with Rosemary Lee, the artist that prompted the project, also included is Nick Trotter, co-thinker through Visceralists International and only proper name printed in the text; Toni Hildebrandt, co-writer of a postcard conversation begun in 2012 that yet continues; Joseph Holt, her father and progenitor of many ideas and habits of her critical thinking; and Jeremy Fernando, frequent collaborator and editor of the imprint 99 Problems will be published under, Delere Press.
**All of the conversations were held over some type of chat client, typing and sending, typing and sending, with the exception of the conversation with Joseph Holt which was held over the telephone and then transcribed.