If I was an American, I’d plead the fifth. As it is, today’s post is pic heavy, word light.

More photographs on today’s set on the flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today’s little joy was accomplished with the aid of a pair of (blunt) scissors, a roll of tape, and 20m of bubblewrap. Quite simply, there are very few pleasures in life greater than popping little bubbles – but how often do you actually come across bubble wrap in your day to day life? Bubblewrap is a rare treat.

But not today! Today, the ANU was festooned with bubblewrap.

I wandered around campus, wrapping a variety of objects. Generally I tried to wrap objects that people interact with – chairs, tables, etc – on the premise that it would encourage people to actually pop the bubble wrap, rather than just staring at it in bemusement.

The PJs sauce bottles didn’t last long (neither did the table I wrapped) – staff removed the bubblewrap pretty quickly. The stuff in the rest of the ANU survived a lot longer though.

I think the most successful was the banister in Union Court – a lot of people saw me wrapping it, and several of them stopped and had a chat about what I was doing; and lots of people popped the bubbles as they walked past.

I also bubblewrapped a Zebra crossing, which was quite fun. A very nice maintenance man offered me a witches hat, so I wouldn’t get run over; and some girls passing by had a good laugh and jumped on it, which was fun to see.

I was really pleased with how today went. I got a lot of feedback from people who saw what I was doing – and a lot of them mentioned previous events to me and asked me if I was responsible for those as well. I was prepared with business cards again today, so I handed out a few of those. It was a really nice day for me, and I saw quite a few other people having fun with it as well.

More photographs on the Bubblewrap Day Set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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So, I was up before the sun this morning to hang a morning greeting from the bridge across Belconnen way. I’m like some sort of joyful Canberran Santa, but with less beard, less red, and less fat. Just to note, I am more or less incoherent with exhaustion. The sunrise was worth it, though.

I think the banner came off quite well – it was large enough to read; but not so large as to be unmanagable.

I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to fasten it to the bridge properly and it would fly off, cause an accident, and I would be the first ever ANU Art student to kill someone in the pursuit of art; but thankfully 8 ties, a lot of thread; and a roll of tape secured it well enough. I did take the banner down myself though – I was very uncomfortable with the idea of leaving it there unsupervised.

It was pretty hard to gauge people’s reactions, given that they were in fast moving cars – but some people honked at the banner, so I at least I know it got noticed.

Today was fairly exhausting, but satisfying. I hope everyone had a good day today.

More photos on Today’s Set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Day Ten: Bottle Drop

Today I left messages in bottles throughout Belconnen.

Each bottle contained a handwritten note with a positive message on it. I made sure the notes were sticking out of the top of the bottle, so people would be sure to notice them and not confuse the bottles with rubbish.

I left 30 bottle messages in all sorts of places – some discreet, some obvious. I know at least two of them were discovered – a friend heard some people joking about one of them; and when I went back past another the message was gone but the bottle was still there. I hope someone got a smile from that one.

The bottle drop went pretty well, apart from the weather. It intermittently poured with rain, which complicated things a little. I ended up having to call the drop off early, when it started bucketing down and I stopped being able to feel my toes.

Photos of most of the dropped bottles are up on the Bottle Drop Set on the Make Your Day Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today’s happy event was a cupcake stall at Gorman House Markets.

The premise was pretty simple. People decorated their cupcake, I photographed their cupcake, they are their cupcake. From left to right: Cupcakes, Napkins, Blue Icing, Pink Icing, Gummi Bears, Smarties, Jelly Beans, Party Lollies, Chocolate Freckles.

It went really well – it was a big hit with the kids, who weren’t at all phased by being offered free cupcakes; and once adults got over the shock of not having to pay, some of them got involved as well.

I was prepared with business cards this morning, so I was able to give them to people who were curious about what I was doing. I was a little less prepared for the effects of the sun – it didn’t quite click for me that sunshine actually melts things. But it didn’t get too messy, so it was okay. And people made some amazing cupcake creations.

I had a really fun time, and I got really positive reactions from everybody who went past. I was there for about an hour and a half overall, and it was excellent. Even if I did enough warm lollies to make myself ill – oops.

As always, there are ridiculous amounts of photographs up on today’s set on the flickr. Big thanks to Cathy at Gorman House Markets, who let me set up and didn’t even charge me a stall fee (ahh, nepotism).

Cheers,

Katie

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Today I left a path of happiness from the Peter Karmel Building to Myers and then back again.

There were a few dramas getting magnets printed, but it all worked out in the end. Since it was just black and white text, it didn’t have to be particularly high quality.

Over the course of about an hour and a half, I distrubuted about 50 positive messages through Civic. I quickly discovered that not all metallic surfaces are magnetic (that hadn’t even occured to me) – but thankfully most pole, bins, benches, bicycles and cars are.

I tried to leave messages in both discreet, suprising places, and really obvious places where someone will definately happen across them. I didn’t stick around to see what happened with the messages, but the lady who asked me what I was doing gave me a smile – mission accomplished.

More photos of today can be found in the Day Eight: Magnetic set on the Flickr Photostream.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today’s project was small and simple – I put rubber ducks in the fountains of Civic.

There were a couple of reasons I went for such a low key project today – the last few days have been hectic, and I needed a little bit of a breather; and I wanted to experiement with setting up an entirely non-interactive event. This is interesting for me – I don’t really have any idea how to judge if it was a success or not. I haven’t had any feedback from people who actually saw the ducks, as I left them to their own devices and didn’t stay to monitor people’s reactions. Responses to the photographs have been quite positive, though.

There will be more projects along these lines over the next two weeks. They’re a nice break from the intensity of the bigger projects; and I enjoy the idea of making more discret works – cute little suprises for people who are paying attention to the world around them.

And I’d just like to note: the soap bubbles in the fountains were nothing to do with me – it was just a happy coindicence when I showed up this morning with my duckies.

Lots more photos up on today’s set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Going Global

Last night, I added a new page to the blog – Get Involved. The full details can be seen there; but the basic premise is that people print out positive messages; stick them up in public; photograph them; and then send me the photograph or post it on the facebook group.

I was absolutely delighted and amazed when I got home this afternoon (after an excellent day battling pirates) to find this up on facebook:

Thankyou, John from Newcastle – you improved my already fantastic day!

And another big thankyou to Elyse in Sydney, who posted several pictures this evening:

Going Global has its own Flickr Set – keep an eye out.

Cheers,

Katie

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Oh. My. God.

I have actually been rendered inarticulate with joy.

Today was amazing. Or should I say Arrrrrmazing.

Today, I enlisted Kiri to dress up as a pirate and challenge people to duels in Union Court.It was fantastic. I had fun; Kiri had fun; and a whole lot of other people had fun too. Over two hours, Kiri fought about 30 pirate duels (and lost about 20 of them…); accosted approximately 50% of people passing by; and even scored some hugs.

Amazingly, the majority of duelists were people who didn’t know us; didn’t know what we were doing; but responded to Kiri’s demands for a fight. Sometimes after the fight they’d ask for details, but generally they just went happily on their way. The people who asked for details were great – I had a good chat with a few people and got some really positive feedback, and a lot of people said they’d check out the facebook group.

Speaking of the facebook group – “Fight A Pirate” was advertised on the official group as starting at 11:30am this morning in Union Court. At about 11:35, a guy showed up who told us he’d seen it on facebook and had to be there. I have no idea who he was. I have no idea how he knew about the project. I’d say he made my day, but my day just kept getting better from there. (I actually heard someone exclaim “this has made my day” while photographing his friend dueling – that was pretty damn satisfying.)

People responded really positively to “Fight A Pirate” – we only had one actively hostile heckle; a lot of people laughed; a lot of people came back for a second look. There were a fair few bemused glances and quite a lot of nervous laughter; as well as people who actively avoided us, but that was to be expected. While it was fantastic to see people accepting the challenge and fighting the pirate, it was also really interesting to see how people declined – generally with a very polite “no thankyou” or “maybe later” – even though Kiri was shouting abuse and calling them cowardly seadogs. Amazing.

I am absolutely satisfied with how today went. It has without a doubt been the best day so far, and I have no idea how I’m going to top it. The only thing that I think could have been improved on was that I was unprepared for the interest people showed in the project and so I hadn’t thought about giving them any way to follow up with it. Although I told them about the facebook group and the blog, it would have been nice to have business cards with the URL to hand out to interested parties.

The next few days are going to be pretty low key – today was intense, and I am exhausted. It was absolutely worth it though – I had so much fun, and so did everybody else.

There are a lot more photos in the Fight a Pirate set on the official Make Your Day photostream – check them out!

And, once again, a huge THANKYOU to Kiri, who was a fantastic pirate and made today possible.

Cheers,

Katie

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Yesterday, I bought a beachball. This morning, I wrote “kick me” on it, and set it free in union court.

My intention was that people would see the ball, kick the ball, and I would follow it and see where it ended up.
Unfortunately, the ball had other plans. It was a windy day, so I spent a lot of time following the ball as it rolled itself about the place – with the occasional rescue whenever the ball rolled itself into an out of the way corner. Perhaps it was shy, or maybe it just didn’t want to get kicked.

But, despite its best efforts – it got kicked.

Admittedly, the ball got a lot more laughs and smiles than it got kicks. Which I find quite interesting – people were amused by the ball, but didn’t want to interact with it. This is something I’m coming across a lot with participatory works – people see them, smile at them, but don’t want to actually participate. This will shape future events – in the next week, I am going to try out a few events that don’t require active participation.

In any case, some people were happy to participate. Some people just kicked the ball as they were walking past, but a couple of people had a little bit more fun with it.

As always, the full set of photographs from today is up on the Make Your Day Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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