Important information for individuals entering the Collective. We now have a new physical base. We see this as an opportunity to provide extra support to our audience, users, membership, visitors, partners and public.
Please read this leaflet as it will help prepare you for discussions and will help you ask the questions that are important to you.
There are no specific number of movements which are normal. During your visit you need to be aware of your individual pattern of movements. A reduction or change in your movements is what’s important. The grounds have been landscaped to help you to move through the retail space, towards the restaurant and the gallery.
That move represents a significant opportunity.
This move marks a significant committment.
You might be small but your arms, eyes and ears extend way beyond the gallery.
Be as prepared as you can. You may worry about losing a sense of who you are - of being you. While you’re getting lots of attention at this time - people being excited for you - you may feel that its us who is the focus of attention, not you. You are at risk of loss of identity. But YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
On the surface everything seems better than ever. We have a new space, a good, diverse range of shows. But the Collective now resides in a site of conflicting values and how you relate to us is dependent on the condition of your body.
You must self-assess. As you move through the site, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you sometimes feel numb, as if nothing is really ‘reaching’ you?
Is it hard, if not impossible to see ‘the funny side’ of things?
Do you feel a failure?
Make sure that you believe what you are saying to yourself.
The aim is to be a crucial and challenging force.
This is the time when you can really get to know us. The first year is the time when the relationship develops rapidly, so it’s very important to chat, to play, to read, as much as possible. It’s important to have this ‘face-to-face’ time to help these social and communication skills develop.
This is our last plea to you.
Make it part of your routine. It’s never too early to start.
You might miss a few visits. Thats okay, just keep coming back and we’ll keep your eyes and brain stimulated.
By Shona Macnaughton
Commissioned by Collective
This work has been produced as part of Collective's development of the City Observatory site.