Make Your Day is about making people smile.

More specifically, I am a Digital Media student studying at the ANU School of Art and Make Your Day is my major project for semester two, 2009.

Part Installation, Part Public Art, Part Interactive, Part Online… Make Your Day is my response to the project brief “propaganda”. I struggled at first with this brief, and my project went through several iterations before I finally settled on the idea of creating “positive propaganda” – leaving happy messages in public places, just to brighten someone else’s day.

This idea quickly evolved into what is now Make Your Day – 21 Days of Organized Joy. Simply writing messages didn’t seem like enough – I decided to stage daily events designed to make other people smile. 21 was a number arbitrarily chosen because a) I like the number; and b) it conveniently takes me up to the due date of my major. The events are fun, silly little things. I’m not aiming too high here – I’m not trying to change anybody’s life, I’ll settle for a quick smile.

This is a project that is very close to my heart. I’ve had a shitty, shitty year, and having a chance to do something positive, happy, and fun – well, it’s an amazing thing. On a deeper level,  this is also close to my heart because I’m at a point in my life where I’m trying to figure out what being an artist means for me. I come from a family with a very strong background in developmental work and Aid programs – both my parents have made contributions to the world that have had a direct impact on bettering the lives of other people; and I’m trying to work out how I can do that as an artist.

I saw an image the other day that said art doesn’t help people. people help people. I’m not sure how I feel about that, exactly, but it resonated quite deeply. I don’t know if art helps people. Art doesn’t build houses; art doesn’t feed people; art doesn’t stop children dying of easily preventable diseases. But art can change the way people think; and art can show people things they could never imagine; and maybe art can help people care enough to want to try to help other people. I’m starting to get the feeling that this is what I’m going to spend the rest of my life finding out.

But for now, I’m starting small. I don’t know if art can help people.

But maybe it can make people smile?

- Katie

  1. vje’s avatar


    Love & peace