The Neon Health Service Dept. of Light Therapy (est. 2014)
Presents… The Sorry Stall
(FOLLOW US ON INSTA @THESORRYSTALL)
W H A T ?
Artist Rebecca Mason returns to TOAF with her Neon Health Service, this time in the form of The Sorry Stall. This is a stand where visitors to the fair can make apologies (anonymously or on an attributed basis) for things they regret. A selection will be displayed on the stand, posted on social media and some of the best (and worst!) will form a new background to Rebecca’s neon artworks.
Rebecca has already created an artwork full of her own apologies, and this will be displayed on the stand in an attempt to encourage participants to disclose their own. We’d also encourage everyone to share their apologies with the person to whom they are directed (if they can) to make it count as much as possible. Participation is free, though there are also options available on the stand to purchase limited edition cards and posters to take away in the event visitors wish to apologise to someone on a wholly private basis. There are also free limited edition posters being given away.
W H Y ?
We live in a time where there is said to be “an epidemic of infallibility”. The desire to always look good and to be right often trumps the desire to do "the right thing”. This is amplified via social media, where our daily comments and errors are there for many to see, share and judge. We fear looking weak. Disagreements fester and spiral.
But we are all wrong sometimes. We all contribute to the complex scenarios and problems we live amongst today, but in our highly competitive culture, the increasing fear of public shame, plus rising tendency for litigation, can make it even harder to say we are sorry when we know we have made mistakes which have hurt others. Few things are more powerful than having the strength, wisdom, generosity and kindness to take responsibility and admit to yourself and others that you’ve made a mistake. A genuine apology can have the power to heal and resolve conflict. It can restore trust, harmony, dignity and can truly empower others and yourself.
This is not an exercise in apologising just “to keep the peace” in situations where you did not do, or do not believe you did, anything wrong. It’s not about apologising where you genuinely believe you don’t need to. It’s not about apologies for the sake of PR, manipulation or those followed with excuses. Nor is it about expecting a particular outcome as a result. It’s about those situations where you believe you have done wrong and genuinely want to apologise and try to remedy the damage done.
W H A T A R E W E D O I N G W I T H T H E A P O L O G I E S ?
A S E L E C T I O N O F A P O L O G I E S W I L L B E:
- pinned around the stand for other visitors to read
- shared on social media
Insta: @thesorrystall & @rebecca_mason_art. Twitter: @thesorrystall
- used as background text to a new artwork by Rebecca Mason using a copy of the “I am sorry”
neon sign (the existing one on this stand uses some of Rebecca’s apologies only)
H O W C A N Y O U P A R T I C I P A T E ?
(1) A N O N Y M O U S L Y :
Fill in an apology card (behind the screen, or take it away and drop it off later) and post it in the black box. We will take out and display a selection every few hours.
(2) D I S C L O S E Y O U R I D E N T I T Y :
- Write your apology on the back of an A3 ltd edition “I am sorry” poster.
- We will take a photo of you holding your apology poster.
- You can then keep the poster for ***FREE***.
- We will keep the photo and may use it on social media, the stand etc.
- We’d encourage you to give the poster to the person to whom you’re apologising.
IF YOU PREFER TO KEEP THINGS ENTIRELY PRIVATE:
We’re also selling limited edition Unfinished Business Cards (£6) and “I am sorry” poster prints (£15) if you’d prefer to keep everything private between you and the person you’re apologising to.
FREE TICKETS TO THE OTHER ART FAIR:
For entry Friday 15th - Sunday 17th (does not work for the PV on Thurs 14th)
Use code RMASON once you’ve selected your options.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
(a) In terms of how we will use the apologies, we will be:
• pinning a selection of the anonymously filled-in cards around the stand for other visitors to read (they may also photograph them - we can’t stop this happening given the number of visitors to the fair).
• hanging up, on the stand, a selection the photos we have taken of those who are willing to be photographed with their apology (being photographed is completely optional).
• tweeting a selection of the filled in anonymous card contents (we will type them out, not photograph them, so as not to give away handwriting and so that we maintain the anonymity). @thesorrystall
• Instagraming a selection of the handwritten anonymous card contents (again, we will be typing them out then posting a photo of the typed text, again to not give away handwriting etc) via our @thesorrystall account.
• tweeting and instagraming selected photos of guests with their attributed apology (i.e. those guests who were ok to be identified in a photo).
• using a selection of the apologies (but not with any personal details about the person who provided it or to whom it is intended) on the final text background of the planned “i am sorry” neon piece which will likely be released later in 2019.
Any visitor participating in the stand by providing an apology is assumed to do so in full acceptance of the terms and conditions overleaf which will also be displayed on the stand.
(b) TERMS AND CONDITIONS RE THE SORRY STALL PARTICIPATION
• Participants must ensure that their apologies are not in any way libellous or otherwise defamatory or discriminatory on any person.
By filling in an apology card and posting it into our Apology Box, visitors give us (Rebecca Mason The Sorry Stall) the right to use these apologies in the ways outlined above in (a).
• By filling in an apology poster and agreeing to be photographed holding that poster with apology, visitors give us (Rebecca Mason/The Sorry Stall) the right to use these photos and the apologies contained within in the ways outlined above in (a).
• The photographs will be taken with camera phones and will be sent to our on site printer. Once The Other Art Fair is over, and once we have a print record of each of these photographs (to enable us to have a record of them for consideration into the final “I Am Sorry” neon background), we will delete the original photographs from the camera phones being used on site. They will, however, remain on social media channels, photos taken of the stand etc and we cannot control their redistribution. Rebecca Mason will be the copyright owner of all photos taken by Rebecca Mason/The Sorry Stall for this event. Rebecca Mason/The Sorry Stall takes no responsibility for any loss or claim in the event the phone used is lost or stolen along with the photos, or subject to a cyber attack, prior to the photos being deleted.
• Where apologies have been made anonymously, we (Rebecca Mason/The Sorry Stall) will endeavour to maintain this anonymity via the methods noted above (typing out any shared on social media so that handwriting is not evident).
• HOWEVER, the completed cards that we pin up on our stand during the fair will obviously include the visitor’s handwriting. We cannot take any responsibility for any photographs or visual records of these cards (and any consequences arising from those photographs/visual records) which may be created and/or distributed by other visitors to the fair, or photographers employed by The Other Art Fair/Saatchi Art (and then re-shared by others) given that photography is permitted in the public space and we cannot police this.
• We cannot guarantee that all apologies provided will be displayed on the stand/via social media - a selection will be displayed and shared depending on space and time available as well as content.
• We cannot guarantee that all apologies will be added to the background of the final neon piece produced by Rebecca later in the year. Rebecca will choose, entirely at her discretion, a selection of the apologies submitted as well as including some of her own.
• Rebecca does not guarantee to produce the final neon piece in 2019 - there may be delays which mean it is not finished until 2020 or later.
• There will be no payment or payment in kind made to anyone whose apology is used on the final background artwork to the “I am sorry” neon light or displayed on the stand, shared via social media, contained within visitor or photographer images etc. The final I am sorry neon light artwork (the title of which may also change but which, for now, is referred to as “I am sorry” or “the i am sorry” neon or piece) may be shown at any point in the future at other art fairs, galleries and events. Rebecca Mason will be the owner of the copyright to the piece(s) and any derivatives (limited edition prints, cards etc) and is not required to remunerate, in any way, anyone who has supplied an apology.
• In the event an apology is provided which indicates serious, material and/or illegal harm to another person, living creature and or to significant property, Rebecca Mason reserves the right to escalate as may be required.
• Both the apology cards and the apology posters used at The Sorry Stall/the stand allow (if they wish) the visitor to insert their name and the name of the person to whom it is directed. This is entirely optional (as noted on the cards and posters) and we would advise that if using names please use first names only. This is the case also for the name of the person to whom the apology is directed. Rebecca Mason/The Sorry Stall accept no responsibility if the person receiving the apology is fully identified and if there is any issue or claim arising from that, though all cards will be reviewed prior to displaying on the stand/typing out contents for social media and Rebecca will not use any she considers to be obviously problematic to the person to whom the apology is directed.
• Rebecca Mason/The Sorry Stall accepts no responsibility for any matters arising for visitors as a consequence of them having made an apology anonymously or on an attributed (apologiser identified) basis. This may include, but is not limited to, the consequences of sharing and re-sharing on social media, disagreements with the person to whom the apology was directed or claims and/or legal action made by the person(s) or representatives of the person(s) to whom the apology was directed.