A museum that doesn't exists needs art that doesn't exist.

Nimda Contemporary Arts Research & Museum Facility.

Scott Gaule


Facebook your street – Facestreet?

Has it ever struck you that not everyone has access to, or the desire to use online social media? Yet, there is so much fun to be had, gifts come our way – a picture, a message, a memory or memoir, a video or a sound-clip – and likewise, we share our gifts with our network and the world is altered a degree or two by these communal acts.

For some time I have wondered whether the tactics employed online through social media could be fed back into the meat-space, to add something or other to the neighbourhoods and communities we live in. These instructions provide some initial steps into exploring this unrealised project.

Step 1: Create, curate, re-create, cut n paste something or other that you would like to gift to your neighbourhood. If necessary transform it into a manageable and mobile format – you might have a beautifully ornate fireplace that would bring a tear of joy to a neighbour if they were ever to feast their eyes on it, but you are going to have to lug it out of your house in one of the next steps. As a compromise, you may want to take a photo and print it out or draw or paint it. This is just one example – you may want to share some words, pass on a message to the community, whatever. It doesn’t matter. You just need to be able to conform to Step 3.

Step 2: Take a sheet of paper, a felt tip pen and some sticky-tape (sellotape). With the paper and pen make a table with two columns – one smaller than the other. For each column write a title, ‘Like’ in the small and ‘Comment’ in the larger column. You might want to add other instructions / invitations, “share” “hashtag” being obvious ones.

Step 3: Now it’s time to transport your material into your neighbourhood. Find a good looking, lamppost or wall in your neighbourhood, it could be in a prominent location (e.g. by a bus stop) or a little off the beaten track (on a wall obscured by branches?). Attach your object to the surface of the post/wall, using sticky-tape or similar, and attach the paper table above, below, besides the object, depending on the practicalities of the situation you find yourself in. Finally, tie a piece of string to the pen and stick it within reach of the paper.

Step 4: Stand back from your spectacle, say some magic words and flee from the scene. Wait some time – depending on circumstances, levels of free time, boredom factors etc. - before returning to the scene and see what your neighbourhood have left. To multiply the fun and amplify the potential effects of the experiment, invite your friends to also offer something for the community to share in.

Step 5: Heh…how did you get on?

The Nimda Contemporary Arts Research and Museum Facility is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. NIMCA is dedicated to the conversation between creative people, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.

              NIMCA programs are supported by funding from the Nimda Commerce Bank, and the Department of Cyberspace Heritage through the Nimda Telecomms Fund.