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human

people of ottawa

you  have NEVER disappointed me

chinatown re-mixed was a total blast!

deeply awesome

i made many wonderful connections and had fun with the over two hundred people who stopped to play my games

ctr remixed

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my many thanks and congratulations to the people of re-mixed!  you are a stellar community putting together a smashing event!

i am now working on a way to display them for nuit blanche ottawa gatineau 2014

each one is special

together they are powerful

thank you all!

xxo

heARTbeatgal


mots

first batch received from local elementary school Francojeunesse!

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wmyh 13

wmyh 15

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wmyh 11

Merci à toutes et à tous!

hBg

 


#CTRemixed

countdown is on

crossing your fingers and toes for a beautiful next saturday

my people are taking to the streets (just one street really) in the name of art and community!

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come out and play!

i want to know ‘what makes you human?’

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wmyh 9

wmyh 10

i will have a tent set up on the corner of Bronson and Sommerset, right next to a mailbox!

rain or shine i plan on FUN!

heARTbeatgal


babes

out of the mouths of…

the first three of an onslaught of responses received from children

what joy!

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this first one either says ‘mom’ or it is a sun with two birds …and a whole bunch of other great stuff!

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my friends KEEP me human

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shoes! of course! yes!

horseshoes don’t count, and while quite possibly useful, those little dog booties i see about town are too undignified to acknowledge

 

my thanks to the kiddies who, without any surprise, find light and positivity

stay tuned…there are many more kids to weigh in

 

heARTbeatgal

 


hi there!

this is actually the very first ‘what makes you human?’ postcard to have arrived some weeks ago

it came close from home

 

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communication is not reserved for humans alone

 

…miscommunication

leaving a creative mark

recorded history

testing (…abusing perhaps these days) the boundaries of communication

having an opinion

taking a stand

this is human

 

and it all starts with a ‘hi there!’

heARTbeatgal

 


what makes you human?

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what makes you human?

have been away. mentally.

i am back with this question for everyone in 2014

what makes you human?

are you able to draw your answer? write it? glue it on? on the front above the question

find one of these cards and use it to answer in whatever way moves you on the front

then drop it in the mail

simple

fun

together it will make an interesting collage

that i will display somehow for nuit blanche ottawa gatineau 2014

i need my collaborators again!!

i will be checking the mail often

off again. this time physically.

talk soon

heARTbeatgal


stuck

it seems the ‘school age’ walking stick is stuck at the border

the stick made it to L’aéroport international Montréal-Trudeau

and made friends with airport staff!!

walking stick in montreal

and where was it off to you wonder?

no where fast!

walking stick lost & found

i am going to put my money on ‘trouble at security’

“what do you mean ? this stick a threat? can you not see the art in action?!?”

this fine airport staff informs me that the stick is laid up in the airport’s lost & found!

i am all at once delighted and distraught

this is the main airport that sets me free on the world

a place i am fond of, filled with memories (…where were you when you heard Michael Jackson was dead? i was at the montreal airport)

AND just imagine all of the amazing other contents of a montreal airport lost & found!

i made a plea for the stick to be set free

it is on a great journey

it is meant to wander

only time and the interest of strangers will tell

my thanks to my collaborators at the airport

you are part of the art

travel well ‘school age’ stick

…try the bus.

heARTbeatgal


‘miss’prints

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miss-prints

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.

hBg


touched

touched

photo by @kateudurie http://kateandsuz.com

the snap above is my favourite

it captures me ‘connecting’

simultaneously with touch and on twitter

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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

heARTbeatgal

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


#nbog13

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

listen…

hBg’a CBC radio interview with Kate Porter

at night

instructions

inside the box

looking forward to connecting with as many as possible tonight

@heARTbeatgalART #NBOG13 #nbo13crowdbox

yay!!

here i go…

heARTbeatgal

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