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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
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.