Category Archives: #NBO13


miss-print 1


miss print 2

many thanks again to the patrons and supporters of my #NBOG13 ‘crowd box’ project

the crowd came through

the ‘egon’s  miss’ prints are in the mail (finally)

…now, for 2104? there is a spark of an idea. excited already.




photo by @kateudurie

the snap above is my favourite

it captures me ‘connecting’

simultaneously with touch and on twitter


a soggy success!

a few thoughts on the experience:

the project was well received, the concept well understood. i smile, even now, with delight. as my theory predicted, the experience met with enthusiasm and positivity. people want to connect. and many did. both online and in person.

the box itself was as i imagined. better! it was a work of art in and of itself sitting under the tree on the patio at Social.  many thanks to Social for hosting me again this year.

a million thank yous to my collaborators, artist and pal Adam F. Davidson and his enthusiastic father for their work on building the ‘crowd box’. i stayed warm and dry and felt rather cozy inside the box.

i entered at 6:21 and stayed until the rain and late hour chased off the crowd in the courtyard. seven hours inside with a fairly steady stream of visitors all night long.

i managed to create the effect of being visible to onlookers while not being able to see out save for the holes cut in either side. as it was explained that i could not see out  i could hear relief and a change in the crowd’s willingness to reach in and touch me.

i was touched. spiritually and physically. nicely always. hand shakes, friendly back pats, and gentle pokes mostly. one pat on the head and poke of my nose. each one made me smile. what i did not expect was the need for people to chat. only a few dared touch me without some sort of verbal interaction first. i had many small philosophical exchanges. this heightened the value of the connections. i felt that people want to make a more significant human connection.  the twitter connections for the most part augmented or facilitated the human connection.

i was given a leaf.  a Christopher Griffin supernova button which i treasure.  and, i was given, very solemnly, an unopened deck of playing cards.  the cards are a great souvenir. it was an interesting connection.

the experience was lovely. it is a vision fulfilled. there is deep satisfaction in that. my trust in the crowd was deserved. i would have easily stayed longer.  maybe i can do this again in some other crowd. without rain.

many thanks to the other artists and the #NBOG13 organizers. a success despite the rain.

many thanks to my dearest friends who came to stand guard and help in the driving rain for eight hours.

many thanks to CBC and CTV for their coverage of my project.

many thanks to the many ottawans that came out in the serious weather to still make the event happen. you are a great CROWD. i am happy to be among you.

looking forward already to #NBOG14!

feeling very satisfied


p.s. might anyone have an extra copy of the #NBOG13 map? i hunted one down but it ended thoroughly soaked in the rain.


crowd box

CBC tv interview (click here to see me on the news!)

tonight is the night!

come out to the courtyard of Social restaurant in the Byward Market zone of Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau 2013


hBg’a CBC radio interview with Kate Porter

at night


inside the box

looking forward to connecting with as many as possible tonight

@heARTbeatgalART #NBOG13 #nbo13crowdbox


here i go…


p.s. still 19 hours left for my crowd funding effort! woot woot! click here to donate!


one week exactly until ottawa’s second nuit blanche

excited. happy

a touch nervous

but mostly curious

my ‘crowd box’ project will be in the byward market zone at Social


i was delightfully reminded of last year’s nuit blanche ‘walk with me’ walking stick project with the arrival of a message from an eleven year old boy named Félix this week. he found the ‘school age’ stick in a library. he wanted to know if he could send the stick abroad. it had been a while since i had heard from one of the sticks. what fun! it made me happy.


…and i take that as a good omen for this year’s project

6:21pm til 4:22am next saturday the 21st

come out

be a part of the art

ALL of the art

the streets will be filled

if you cannot come then send me a tweet @heARTbeatgalART

tell your friends

tell strangers

help me connect with as many people as possible

woot! woot!

strange experiments in creative collaboration

good fun


p.s. there are still seven days to contribute to my crowd funding effort

i need the ‘crowd’


my trip to brooklyn was long overdue

spent a couple of days wandering around dumbo and williamsburg

…the wellspring of hipsters

NY invented graffiti

art and creativity abound

the streets are quieter and filled with graffiti

i was in heaven, even before my mango snow cone and new cobalt blue leather mini skirt

i filled up on inspiration and bits of material for new work

i cannot wait to get cutting and glueing

(must get through NBO13 in just ten days first!!)

new friend

(here i am making friends with an artist on the street)

(his multi-media cityscape work made me stop)

i heART you NY!

thank you

be back soon…




hartford was not as expected

what i expected i am not certain

however hartford wasn’t it

so colour me surprised when i found a super cache of graffiti outside my connecticut door

hartford hand

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early morning snaps with coffee

thank you for the inspiration hARTford!


p.s. almost two weeks away from Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2013!! still looking to the crowd to help fund my project and become part of the art… September 21st, come out and connect with me at Social or tweet me @heARTbeatgalART #nbo13crowdbox

fresh paint

fresh paint

this makes me want to get out the spray cans

instead i will make my way to montreal this weekend to witness UnderPressure international graffiti convention 2013

…spending the next four weeks on an inspiration hunt!


‘crowd box’ update: thank you to all of my generous supporters thus far. your prints are on their way to you shortly! forty-six days to go!

the crowd

help me build a ‘CROWD box!
 crowd fund pitch
would you like to connect with other humans? does anonymity make it easier? i need collaborators for my Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2013 ‘crowd box’ project. it only works if you connect with me and here is how…
over the night of NBO13, september 21st, 2013, i want to connect with as many people in the crowd as i can, in the name of creative humanity.

there is to be an actual box.  that i am to build. (with some talented help!)

the night of, i will be inside the box on the patio at Social restaurant in the byward market, not able to see out through the see-through mirror plastic walls. holes will be cut for collaborators to reach in and touch me. if not. tweet me.

@heARTbeatgalART #NBO13crowdbox

the kicker is the special (as in, especially expensive) see-through mirror plastic that i need to purchase to create the right environment for the concept. it is essential that collaborators in the NBO13 crowd be able to see me, touch me, without my seeing them. anonymity is key so that interaction is encouraged.

the project is fundamentally based in crowd participation, thus, i am reaching out to the crowd for funding as well. it is very tricky to place financial value on art, let alone, conceptual art pieces like this one. i drew up a budget. i am looking only to recover costs.

why do this?

mostly because i am compelled as an artist obsessed with human connection and collaboration; it is an evolution of my collaborative work; and, ‘the crowd’ is where my art lives.

the crowd is big, diverse and has something to contribute! maybe in some way here!

funds. touch. tweets. let’s connect! help me see this (crazy) dream through!