I Want To Fall In Love With You

This project was presented at Found Festival on 21st Nov 2015. Video from the performance coming soon!

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“It is this desire to be transformed by understanding that has pretty much propelled me through every single day” 
- Miranda July

This weekend at Found Festival* I'm going to be falling in love with people. One of them could be you. Here's the rub.

This project is an experiment based on the work of Dr Arthur Aron, a psychologist who succeeded in making strangers fall in love several decades ago. It involves both people answering 36 questions, each of increasingly vulnerability. They start with questions like "Would you like to be famous? In what way?" through to "Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing?" (You can find all the questions at the bottom of this post).

I've done it once before, and we're still together now, so it's powerful stuff. 

I tend to ask a lot of people - personal stories, naked images of their crotch, answers to the meaning of life. I'm interested in what we're made up of and how we go about our lives. Most likely I ask too much, but like a little Miranda protégé, I too yearn to be transformed by understanding.

This time, I'm asking to fall in love with you in some way. I'm asking to find the humanness in you, and show you some of my own. If you're game, fill out the form below.

*Found Festival is a 17-hour long live-art experience on Nov 21st celebrating women-artists and self-expression. It's going to be full of #powerbabes making amazing things happen for you, and it might be the last, so you do not want to miss it. Book your tickets here and keep up to date with the happenings on Facebook here.


Name *
Name
When are you available on Saturday Nov 21st? *
Select as many as is applicable. The questions will take about an hour.
Doesn't have to be long, but points for honesty and answers peppered with vulnerability and thoughtfulness.
I understand that the activity could be triggering and have arranged emotional support for myself if necessary. *
If you're unsure, read the questions and have a think. When I've done it previously we've touched on subjects like death, mental illness and sexual abuse (as well as nice topics like dreams and aspirations and how much I love my mum). In no way are you asked to reveal anything you don't want to, I just want you to be mindful that the experience could be emotionally intense. Although there are limits on my availability to help outside of each time slot, I will be speaking to participants to make sure they're okay in the following days.
I understand that if selected I will need to buy a ticket to Found Festival.
It's a really great festival packed with amazing stuff, it's well worth your money!

THE QUESTIONS

Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Set II

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

Set III

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling ... “

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.