- When we are on holiday, at a special event, having a day out – we often feel more aware of what really matters. Often we forget what that is when we go back to everyday life.
- No-one ever sends real… letters anymore.
- You can get people to trust and play with you very quickly if they want to.
- When people learn to connect with their higher selves, the ripple effect starts to create positives for others they come in contact with.
- “Non-artists” also deserve to be a key part of creative processes.
I approached total strangers on the Brighton seafront and invited them to send a postcard to themselves, donate bits and bobs from their pockets to the cause and wait to see what happened.Sending them off tomorrow, then emailing our lovely pioneers to let them now where they can leave their comments about how it felt.Quite labour intensive so looking for some other ways to do this at events, possibly with a focus on climate issues or just plain silliness. Want to make it more widely available. Links to our previous project Global Friends Websites from the late 1990s (The Ultimate Postcard… and a bit early for its time).
Also inspired by Post Secret
(now on Twitter).Unlike Post Secret, participants are approached, assisted, encouraged. In this way creativity and expression reaches those it might not ordinarily reach.
The audience for the cards was the participants who inspired them, not an art elite. So by their nature, there are intended to be accessible to the person who inspired them/co-created them. hey wrote the message and address, plus became the muse through conversation, and donated items for collage).
It seems important that, even though the folk who played are not being asked to do the whole thing themselves, my hope is that Jack, Tess, Lee/Emiliana/Frejah/Rowan, Jules, Clare, Emma and Carlee can feel a connection with the card in someway. That they will keep it as a momento of a certain point in their lives, possibly for a very long time to come.
Can you see the potential?
Festival, gigs, arts funding to do it in Brighton. Would love to recruit a team of art students to do their thang en masse. We could link it in with other themes/ideas without subverting the main idea of chaneling “higher self” to “everyday self”.
Even if we did a mass public version, the essential ingredients are:
– The message, in the participants own hand writing
– A photo of that person in that time and place.
How else can you imagine it working?
How was it get involved Jack, Tess, Lee/Emiliana/Frejah/Rowan, Jules, Clare, Emma and Carlee?