[NetBehaviour] Apple performance Brighton

Simon Mclennan mclennanfilm at gmail.com
Fri Oct 4 01:49:38 CEST 2019

Hey thanks Max, I’m really glad you got something from this, and how it has sparked your own thoughts.
I’d like to guess the secret name of the can, but will only do so in my head - unless our paths cross - who knows.
Maybe the secret is in the Genius 2000 video - which I watched a fair chunk of! And enjoyed - it was interesting to me, the sort
of louch form it took ha ha! It certainly had me harking back to what and who I was in the 90s - how we morph and change, what
concerned me, us.

How come time went past? I didn’t see it. 

All the best,



On 3 Oct 2019, at 15:57, Max Herman <maxnmherman at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I like this artwork Simon!  I'm a bit of a hoarder so would probably have asked someone for a core, or given myself an apple and then the core, and planted a couple of seeds in a pot, not to make a tree but just to see if they would sprout, and then if they sprouted kept them as a houseplant or on the porch.  I suppose this would be a form of artwork-sprawl and certainly not needed to actually happen, but I like how your artwork is indeterminate about such possible eventualities.  I also like the paper tags, and the relation of paper in general to the age of computerized networks.
> One artwork I have kept is an empty aluminum can of apple-flavored mineral water which I drank five or ten years ago.  It has a six-word secret name which I have never written down but have asked people to guess, which is of course absurd.  If someone guesses it, I will tell them they were correct only if they promise to never tell anyone else the name or record it in any way.  So only in-person spoken guesses are allowed.
> Of possible tangential relation, back in 1996 I was in an internet art video call and held up a postcard of Durer's Adam and Eve (engraving version) and talked about "the first material act of communication" in a short essay I had written for the occasion.  That isn't the name of the can though.  🙂  
> Best regards and thanks for sharing the artwork,
> Max
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> Subject: [NetBehaviour] Apple performance Brighton
> ‘Apple’ performance. Monday 30th September 2019. Simon Mclennan
> Apples were handed out inviting people to take part in a performance. 
> They were also given a choice to either eat the apple or keep it in the hope of it gaining value on the international art market. 
> Each apple with its own signed and numbered tag were one of an edition of twenty. 
> The apples are growing wild in Brighton and are free to pick. 
> The link to background and explanation of the work
>   https://simonmclennan.blogspot.com/p/apples.html?m=1

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