‘Intimacy’ Hostel Experience Group Members
Anna Pickles Harvey
Jason Nicholas Selby
-Eight members of the group from cross-pathways spent two days and two nights in a London hostel – Please note: As group members were from different pathways within the university, only a few knew each other socially before. Most had never spoken to the others before
-The entire experience was filmed using seven laptop webcams
-The group members spent the entire time together, unless showering or using the toilet
-Mobile phones (except for emergencies) were banned
-Internet access was banned on laptops
-Smart phones were allowed for photographs only but internet access had to be switched off
-Music played on speakers was allowed. Headphones were not
-All group members must sleep in the same dorm room
-The group was split into meal time cooking teams
-Outside excursions were allowed with a time limit of one, to one and a half hours.
-When using public areas within the hostel, group members were not allowed to interact with residents
-When outside of the hostel group members were not allowed to interact with the general public
-When purchasing items from stores, group members were not allowed to make small talk with sales staff
-Art materials – sketch books and pens were allowed
-Overalls with each group members university ID number written on the back had to be worn at all times except when sleeping
-All group decisions regarding the event, rules and installation to follow were made democratically by voting
The group in the hostel
Before entering the hostel I was quite nervous having never stayed in a hostel before and not really knowing the people I’d be with too well. I didn’t know what to expect and it’s a long time to be secluded from your home comforts if I found myself not enjoying it!
The reality was completely different, we all arrived and were shown to our 8 bunkbed dorm, celebrating our arrival with a bottle of Cava. The group clicked immediately in my opinion, the conversation (and wine!) flowed so easily, we were so lucky to have such a lovely group. The time in the hostel went surprisingly fast (although the room was uncomfortably hot at times and I had difficulty sleeping) we passed the time going on a group walk, sketching, evening pub visits (avoiding interaction with the public), doing makeovers and generally chatting and getting to know one another.
At first it was strange seeing yourself on a screen being filmed everywhere you turned within the room but after a while it didn’t seem to be on my mind, in a way I even forgot they were there.
Building the structure
We decided to show our piece as an installation, an enclosed large cube structure with the overalls hanging on one side. Two of the walls were built with small holes to look through to view the footage of our hostel experience which was projected upon two of the inside walls.