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Grape, fruit
A book of instructions
by Carol Hummel




Introduction

1. Sunday, November 28, 2004
2. Monday, November 29, 2004
3. Tuesday, November 30, 2004
4. Wednesday, December 1, 2004
5. Thursday, December 2, 2004
6. Friday, December 3, 2004
7. Saturday, December 4, 2004
8. Sunday, December 5, 2004
9. Monday, December 6, 2004
10. Tuesday, December 7, 2004




Grape, fruit is a collection of instructions based upon Yoko Onoís collection of instructions entitled Grapefruit.

Fellow sculptor Kortney Niewierski and I were participating in a class focused on performance art at the time this collection was written. After reading Onoís Grapefruit, I suggested writing our own collection of instructions based upon Onoís style.

We each wrote one instruction every hour for ten hours a day for ten days in a row, accumulating one hundred instructionsafter the ten days. What follows is my collection of one hundred instructions.





I
Sunday, November 28, 2004




11 a.m.

Write an entry in Grape, fruit
every hour
for 10 hours
for 10 days.

Make a book.




Noon

If you get carried away
And write too many
Make Grape, fruit, too.




1 p.m.

Write your name over and over until you run out of lead.

Erase your name until you run out of eraser.

See if you still exist.




2 p.m.

Look at your reflection in a mirror.
Break the mirror.
Look at your reflection in the broken mirror.

Look at your reflection in a pool of water.
Drop a stone in the water.
Look at your reflection in the rippled pool until it stills.

Look at your reflection in someone's eyes until you blink.
Shut your eyes.
Look at your reflection in your mind.




3 p.m.

Bake a cake.
Cut it into 24 pieces.
Eat one piece every hour.

Bake another cake.
Cut it into 24 pieces.
Eat one piece every hour.

Repeat until you run out of cake mix.





4 p.m.

Stand in a place blindfolded for one hour.
Write its description in one word.

Stand there with ears plugged for one hour.
Write its description in one word.

Stand there with nose plugged for one hour.
Write its description in one word.

Stand there with mouth shut for one hour.
Write its description in one word.

Stand there with all senses open for one hour.
Write its description in one word.

Tear up the descriptions and scatter in the wind.




5 p.m.

Climb like a cat.
Screech like a monkey.
Crawl on your belly like a reptile.

Creep like a lion.
Roar like a tiger.
Crawl on your belly like a reptile.

Scratch like a chicken.
Bark like a dog.
Crawl on your belly like a reptile.

Walk.
Talk.
Crawl on your belly like a reptile.




6 p.m.

Watch a sunset.
Write about watching the sunset.
Give story to someone to read.
Listen to them describe the sunset.

Taste a lemon.
Write about tasting the lemon.
Give story to someone to read.
Listen to them tell describe tasting the lemon.

Listen to a song.
Write about listening to the song.
Give story to someone to read.
Listen to them describe listening to the song.




Smell food cooking.
Write about the smell.
Give story to someone to read.
Listen to them describe smelling the food.

Stroke someone's skin.
Write about stroking skin.
Give story to someone to read.
Listen to them describe stroking skin.




7 p.m.

Stand naked in the wind until covered with goosebumps.

Pass wind and goosebumps on to someone else.




8 p.m.

Listen to a story.
Write the story.
Give story to someone to read.
Listen to them tell the story.
Write the story.
Give story to someone else to read.
Listen to them tell the story.
Write the story.

Repeat until story is rewritten completely.



II
Monday, November 29, 2004




7 a.m.

Lay on the ground looking at the sky.
Embrace it with your eyes.

Stay there until the sky changes

clouds
color
light.

Roll over and hug the ground.




8 a.m.

Sit in front of a digital clock.
Watch time go by until all of the numbers are the same.

Repeat until you have experienced all possibilities.

Throw the clock away.




9 a.m.

Sit in front of a clock with hands.
Watch time go by until all of the hands point in the same direction.

Repeat until you have experienced all possibilities.

Throw the clock away.




10 a.m.

Wake up.
Wind clock back 8 hours.
Go to sleep.

Continue until time meshes with morning.

Get up.




11 a.m.

Stand.

Hold your arms out.

Twirl slowly looking at the ground,
straight ahead,
up into the sky.
Twirl faster looking at the sky,
straight ahead,
down at the ground.

Stop.

Let your eyes twirl for you.




Noon

Pedal a stationary bike.

Go nowhere.




1 p.m.

Put the dogs in the guinea pig's cage.

Let the guinea pigs run free.




2 p.m.

Uncork a bottle of good wine.

Every time something positive happens, toast it with a sip.

If your bottle lasts more than a day, re-evaluate your life.

If your bottle empties quickly, uncork another.




3 p.m.

Paint your fingernails a bright color.

Wait for them to dry.

Do not do anything else until it is completely dry.

Find a bird and trade each nail for a feather.




4 p.m.

Listen to day break.
Listen to fog roll in.
Listen to rain drum.
Listen to snow storm.
Listen to sun set.
Listen to dark fall.




III
Tuesday, November 30




8 a.m.

Sleep while you're awake.

Stay awake while you sleep.




9 a.m.

Go to any place.
Face north and sit from 8am until 5pm.
Go away.

Next day go to same place.
Face east and sit from 8am until 5pm.
Go away.

Third day go to same place.
Face south and sit from 8am until 5pm.
Go away.

Fourth day go to same place.
Face west and sit from 8am until 5pm.
Go away.

Lose four days of work.
Gain four days.




10 a.m.

Write a word on a piece of paper.

Talk about it until everyone falls asleep.

Tear up the word.

Go to sleep.




11 a.m.

Imagine yourself as someone completely different.

Live that life, as best you can, for one day.

If one day is not long enough, continue to
live alternative life.




Noon

Put on gloves and
Sew your fingers together.

Put on socks
And cut your toes apart.

Put on pants
And sew your legs together.

Put on a shirt
And sew your arms to your sides.

Put on a hat
And stitch it to your hair.

Remove clothes carefully
And make a scarecrow for your garden.




1 p.m.

Listen to a bird.
Repeat what it says in response
to all conversation that day.

Donít explain.

Fly free, singing.




2 p.m.

Plant a seed with your tongue.
Water it with your saliva.
Harvest it with your lips.




3 p.m.

Pluck an eyebrow each day.
Sneeze.
When eyebrows are gone,
breathe deeply.




4 p.m.

Sleep with a cat.
Learn how to purr.

Sleep with another.
Pass on the knowledge.




5 p.m.

Bark like a dog.
Tear up a pillow.
Run in circles until you
become a cat.




IV
Wednesday, December 1, 2004




8 a.m.

Spread a rumor about yourself.
Write it down.

Each time it comes back, write it down.

Compare the versions.




9 a.m.

Climb a cobweb
to the haze of dust
that surrounds a favorite pot.

Sit inside and
blow until the air
Is clear.




10 a.m.

Package a piece of your art.
Mail it to an address
randomly selected.
Wish it well.

If it finds you again,
deny that itís yours.




11 a.m.

Package yourself.
Mail you to an address
randomly selected.
Wish yourself well.

If someone finds you,
deny your existence.




Noon

Cross stitch a message
to Mars
knowing that it will be understood.

Cross stitch a message
to your family
not knowing if it will be understood.




1 p.m.

Gather all the candles you can find.
Go to a dark place.
Light them.

Enjoy the light
for the moment.

Walk home in the dark.




2 p.m.

Look at yourself in someone elseís pupils.
Paint the image and
hang it on your mirror.




3 p.m.

Accept the next touch you get.
Pass it on.
Tell them to pass it on.




4 p.m.

Accept the next kiss you get.
Pass it on.
Tell them to pass it on.




5 p.m.

Write down the names of each person
you come in contact with during one day.

Note one characteristic of each
so you can find them again.




V
Thursday, December 2, 2004




10 a.m.

Un-make your bed when you get up
in the morning.

Donít eat your breakfast.

Walk backwards to your destination.

Enjoy the view.




11 a.m.

Sleep on a trampoline
on a frosty night
with no clouds
and lots of stars.

Whisper icy secrets
to the night air.




Noon

Whistle with your teakettle.
Dance with your pot of soup.

Invite friends over to drink and eat.




1 p.m.

Donít call your friends.
Donít call your family.
Donít call your lover.
Donít call your children.
Donít call your boss.
Donít call your workers.

If they call,
save the phone messages
and have them played at your funeral.




2 p.m.

In a public placeÖ

Roll yourself up in a cover
until you are a cocoon.

Stay there until you emerge.




3 p.m.

Cook soup.
Watch soup.
Listen to soup.
Breathe soup.
Eat soup.




4 p.m.

Wear mittens in the summer.
Wear nothing in the winter.




5 p.m.

Inspect your lover
with eyes closed.

Clarify with

TouchÖ

SmellÖ

ListeningÖ

TasteÖ

Inspect your lover
with eyes opened.




6 p.m.

Plan your funeral.

The obituaries.
The speeches.
The service.
The outfits.
The grieving.
The burial.

Write letters to all potential participants
and tell them the event
has been canceled
indefinitely.




7 p.m.

Ask a stranger to dance.

Dance.

Ask another stranger to dance.

Dance.

Repeat until dawn.




VI
Friday, December 3, 2004




8 a.m.

Wrap yourself in your motherís quilt.

Wrap yourself in your auntís afghan.

Wrap yourself in your friendís blanket.

Wrap yourself in your loverís arms.

Document the difference without words.




9 a.m.

Eat a blueberry.
Eat a raspberry.
Eat a cherry.
Eat a plum.
Eat a lemon.
Eat an orange.

Enjoy your internal rainbow.




10 a.m.

Scream as long and loud as you can.
Laugh as long and loud as you can.
Sing as long and loud as you can.
Cry as long and loud as you can.
Love as long and loud as you can.




11 a.m.

Enjoy feeling.




Noon

Talk constantly for a day.
See how much you lost.

Listen incessantly for a day.
See how much you learned.




1 p.m.

Read words backward and imagine living in a place where this is the language.

Speak in the new language.

Kaeps ni eht wen egaugnal.

Reven og kcab ot ruoy dlo egaugnal.




2 p.m.

Use one less body part each day until you are immobile.

Use one more body part each day until you are fully mobile.

Write about which body part you consider the most dear.




3 p.m.

Become lighter than air and float away.




4 p.m.

Ask people to tell you about the most horrible thing that ever happened in their lives.

Listen.

Write them down.

Rip them into tiny pieces of confetti and celebrate.




5 p.m.

Visit the garbage dump.
Stay there until you can't smell odors anymore.

Visit the perfume counters.
Stay there until you can't smell odors anymore.

Remember the differences, if any.




VII
Saturday, December 4, 2004




10 a.m.

Drill a hole through a wall.
Look through it.
Draw everything you see.
Fill the hole with caulk and re-paint it.




11 a.m.

Go dancing every night for one month.

Don't go again until you want to.




Noon

Get your favorite book.
Cut out the pages and give one page to each of your friends and acquaintances.

Have them write what they think the story is about from each of their individual pages.

Bind the stories into a new book.




1 p.m.

Give each of your friends one line from a song.

Have them write a song using their line.

Bind them together into a song book.




2 p.m.

Give each of your friends one ingredient from your garden.

Have them create a recipe using their ingredient.

Bind them together into a cookbook.




3 p.m.

Collect locks of hair from everyone you know.
Mix them all together.

Make paintbrushes out of the hair.
Give one to each person.

Have them paint something.
Display the works in an art gallery along with the brushes.




4 p.m.

Take photographs of all your friends.

Cut them into pieces making piles of the various features.

Put together new people using the various parts.

Have a party with the old people and the new.




5 p.m.

Remove all mirrors from your home.

See yourself in the reflections of others.




6 p.m.

Have your friends and acquaintances select the perfect mate for you (neither of you need to be single).

Photograph yourself with each of the selected mates.

Hang the photos on a white wall while considering the possibilities.




7 p.m.

Live in a cage at the zoo for one month.

Live in the suburbs for one month.

Write down the differences and similarities on a balance sheet.




VIII
Sunday, December 5, 2004




8 a.m.

Make love without physically touching.

Make love without emotionally touching.

Compare the two.




9 a.m.

Go to bed with a friend and a flashlight.

Make shadow puppets on the wall.




10 a.m.

Give something away every day.

Take a photograph of the object in its new environment.

Stop when you have only enough.

Put the photos in an album and put it away.




11 a.m.

Whenever you get a compliment, file it.

Throw the files away in seven years.




Noon

Divide the United States into separate countries to represent the various populations.

Become president of one of the new countries.

See how long it takes you to lose your country.




1 p.m.

Dress like a clown Ė with full make-up -- but go about your normal business as if nothing is unusual.

See if you can get people to go past the clown-face barrier and treat you like a normal human being.




2 p.m.

Interview children.

Report results in some way.




3 p.m.

Walk around with a Walkman blaring polka music.

Record the results in some way.




4 p.m.

Throw away your day planner.

Start anew.

Plan as you go.




5 p.m.

Throw away your cell phone.

Speak to everyone in person.




IX
Monday, December 6, 2004




7 a.m.

Tie yourself to someone for one week with a 3-foot length of string.

Tie yourself to someone for one week with a 10-foot length of string.

Tie yourself to someone for one week with a 20-foot length of string.

Cut the cord.




8 a.m.

Inhale a cloud.
Exhale the sun.

Inhale the stats.
Exhale the moon.




9 a.m.

Drive until you run out of gas.

Walk back.




10 a.m.

Walk until you run out of energy.

Lie down and regain it.




11 a.m.

Fill a sack with the weight of your worries.

Throw it away.

Repeat daily.




Noon

Skip instead of walk.

Sing instead of talk.




1 p.m.

Tie your feet together with a 3-foot length of string.

Go about your day.




2 p.m.

Tie bags full of sand around your ankles.
Go about your day.

Punch a small hole in the bags.
Go about your day.



3 p.m.

Keep a diary using your blood as the ink.




4 p.m.

Collect your tears.

Wrap them in a beautiful package.

Give them back to the one who caused them.




X
Tuesday, December 7, 2004




8 a.m.

Collect insults.

Burn them.

Use the fire to roast marshmallows.




9 a.m.

Fill you shoes with rice.
Go about your day.
Feel each step.

Empty your shoes of rice.
Go about your day.
Feel each step more.




10 a.m.

Wear only red clothing for a month.
Be fire.

Wear only blue clothing for a month.
Be water.

Wear only green clothing for a month.
Be nature.

Wear only yellow clothing for a month.
Be day.

Wear only black clothing for a month.
Be night.

Wear no clothing for a month.
Be free.




11 a.m.

Break as many rules that don't matter as possible.

Write them in a book of rules not to live by.




Noon

Break as many laws that don't matter as possible.

Write them in a book of outlaws.




1 p.m.

Pretend you are a famous artist.
Be an artist.

Pretend you are a famous poet.
Be a poet.

Pretend you are a famous lover.
Be a lover.

Pretend you are a person.
Be famous.




2 p.m.

Wash the floor with your hair.
Use your favorite shampoo.




3 p.m.

Tell a story as loudly as possible with your silence.

Tell a story as quietly as possible with your voice.




4 p.m.

Whisper the names of those you love.

Shout the names of those you hate.




5 p.m.

Write the last entry in Grape, fruit.

10 x 10 = more than 100.

© 2017 Carol Hummel