Laurence Payot is currently working with Heart of Glass on a new project ‘You make me feel good.‘, commissioned as part of the Creative People and Places and Loneliness Project, with collaborating artists Scott Farlow, Laura Spark and Stacey Atkinson.
’You make me feel good.’ is a project aiming to give form to our feelings about human connection, something most of us have missed so much during this pandemic. When something so banal – yet so crucial for our happiness and sense of self- is taken away from us, it makes us re-evaluate what’s important for us as individuals but also as a society. Family, friends, work colleagues, members of a group, acquaintances, neighbours and passers-by are all part of a web that defines who we are, and without it we can feel lost and incomplete. So let’s celebrate those amazing feelings, remembers happy times and look forward to socialising again.
List the physical places/objects that help you connect with others.
“Little Charlie, he’s 10 now. He has a little guinee pig, Fudge, who actually likes using Zoom! That day, Charlie had to go off and do something, so he made a little barrier for his guinee pig in front of the screen, and he said, “just keep your eyes on Fudge!”. So I had a little chat with Fudge!”
“Someone would ring me to ask something really banal. But then I’d say, How are you doing? … 1 hour later… They were so pleased to be able top speak to someone. They needed to speak to someone.”
“If I didn’t have the telephone I would have been in a right mess!”
Places where I could connect:
Covid testing centre
Clap for heroes
Daily walk meeting neighbours
Emergencies… finding that my friend has passed away.
“Dogs are great to connect with other people.”
“Sport, football, cricket…”
“Shake hand, fist pump, high 5, elbow bump, faire la bise (in France)… in Zambia, if you walk with someone then it is tradition to hold hand…”