The best of the groundbreaking website learningtoloveyoumore.com, which asks ordinary people to complete out-of-the-ordinary assignments - with extraordinary results.
In a world obsessed with "reality" programming, the collaborative public art project known as "Learning to Love You More" offers a refreshing take on how actual people think, act, and love. Created by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, the web-based project, begun in 2002, offers more than sixty "assignments" that can be completed by anyone: "Write the phone conversation you wish you could have"; "Photograph two strangers holding hands"; "Draw a constellation from someone"s freckles"; "Take a flash photo under your bed." Completed assignments are posted on the web site; to date, more than 5,000 people have participated in the project - artists and non-artists of all ages, from New York to Cullowhee, North Carolina, and from Tel Aviv to Rio de Janeiro. July and Fletcher have curated a selection of the most memorable submissions - some moving, others hilarious and oddly brilliant. Together they create a pop culture collage that tells a larger story about life today. The result is an engaging, heartwarming, idea sparking book sure to inspire, teach, and entertain.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, performance artist, actress, and writer, whose first feature-length film is "Me and You and Everyone We Know". July's short fiction has been published in "The New Yorker", "The Paris Review", "Harper"s", and "Zoetrope". Her first book of short fiction is entitled "No One Belongs Here More than You".
Harrell Fletcher is an artist whose work has been exhibited around the world at venues such as SF MoMA and the Royal College of Art in London. He is a professor of art at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.