my message in a bottle returned to me
from beautiful uruguay
this first message makes the entire project worthwhile
gracias por la conexión Alina Tortosa usted es el arte
i literally squealed in delight and jumped around in happy circles (at the post office)
the postcards are making their way around the world
…uruguay, chile, argentina, uk, alaska & florida usa, saudi arabia, germany, ireland, my office
consider taking some with you if you are off somewhere fabulous
or if you already are somewhere fabulous send your address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and i will mail you a stack
this is total fun!
p.s. the project is gaining momentum having secured participation in this year’s chinatown re-mixed may 17th!!! (more to come on that)
what makes you human?
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
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.
photo by @kateudurie http://kateandsuz.com
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.
CBC tv interview (click here to see me on the news!)
tonight is the night!
hBg’a CBC radio interview with Kate Porter
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!
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.
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!
what is your feeling on the state of humanity?
gold = positive and hopeful
teal = neutral and things are as they are
black = concerned and negative
as expected, had a golden time collaborating with the people of ottawa
the black marks were emphatic but the gold won the night
sending many heARTs to my many collaborators
it is a joy to create with you and the reason i am one thumb gold
the other is black until more of our energy is spent this way
my thanks to the museum of nature for the great event
next month i may come dance!
tonight is the night
party at the dinosaur museum!!!
another collaboration in the works
Museum of Nature
january twenty-fifth 8pm – midnight
the intention of this project is to allow the night shape a collaborative inter-active piece in celebration of connectedness, both within ourselves and with those among us.
the museum of nature is an ideal setting to have individuals consider the state of human nature and contribute their creative energy to a painting made up of three different colours of thumbprint. a large canvas is prepared with twenty-three strips of fine paper. attendees will be encouraged to choose one of three colours: gold, teal, or black to make their mark. the colours are attached to the following sentiments; gold for a positive hopeful view, teal for a neutral laissez-faire attitude, and black for those with less hope. the image will reveal a temperature of sorts. the mood of the group at the event.
the transfer of the collective creativity energy should be interesting at least, beautiful at best.
hope to see you there
thirty days walking
thirty days after nuit blanche ottawa 2012
the sticks have been wandering…
i am utterly delighted when a snap rolls in
and adore the humour most have
i knew the message would be positive
fingers crossed for more
thinking already of my next public collaboration
click here to see all of the snaps thus far
Lainie Towell , co-curator of Nuit Blanche Ottawa at the opening ceremony – photo Ottawa Citizen
” OTTAWA — Lainie Towell held a 1.5-metre wooden staff decorated with gold paint and peacock feathers as she welcomed the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd gathered at Hintonburg’s Orange Gallery for the launch of Ottawa’s inaugural Nuit Blanche.
The co-curator of the festival passed the piece of “live art” to a couple in the crowd in what was expected to be the first exchange of many during the all-night art extravanganza…”
the seven other sticks are also off on noble paths
i saw evidence last night of the sticks having great fun
what a joy to see them go
i will miss them
i do hope the snaps roll in…
walk with me
Nuit Blanche Ottawa has arrived
only hours now until the walking sticks begin their journey
all pulled from hawk lake (above)
some striped naked. some not
with my tree fetish, it was important to highlight the wood
where will they go?
where they need to i suppose
join here my flickr group to watch the story unfold
(or join Flickr and search under “groups” for “walk with me #nbo12”)
ultimately, the collage of photos is work
(if it works! fingers crossed)
…and you simply must come down to the party at Social this evening 6:22pm – 4:23am
come share in the creative energy of Robert Brazeau’s collaborative twenties era photo shoot
our bit of fun for the first ever Nuit Blanche Ottawa!
my sticks will depart from here
away we go
“walk with me”
they are finished and all dressed
ready to set off on their journeys
for the eight days to come, i will introduce each of our “walk with me” #NBO12 sticks
i am excited for the start of their adventure
the concept has lived in me for some time now
the intention of the project is to allow the night to shape a collaborative inter-active piece in celebration of connectedness, both within ourselves and with those among us. inviting others to actively collaborate taps into the energy of what is most beautiful in life, self-love, connection, self-expression, fun, creation, community
join the flickr group to follow the action starting during Nuit Blanche Ottawa september 22
the group is the canvas for the project. as photos of the journeys are uploaded and shared, the snaps will start to paint a, some, picture
watch the collage take shape
(she hopes! fingers crossed!)
i wonder where we will go?
now, nuit blanche walking sticks not so naked
but i always find it’s the getting dressed that is the fun part
eight walking sticks
eight stages of life
the “naked” final eight lined up in their life-cycle order
only twenty-two days to go before they are released out into the world
come out you beautiful & damned
collaborative project for the upcoming Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012
artist Robert Brazeau’s tableaux
” enter the most decadent era of the 20th century – the 1920’s.
new york, paris, chicago
the dandies, the independently wealthy , the artists of their age
a decade of aesthetics, social debauchery, excess ”
” the style, the characters and the ambiance are to be re-created, not observed
experienced, not observed”
during NBO12, visual artist and photographer Robert Brazeau will, through his lens, capture a 21st century response to this magnificent era and environment
heARTbeatgal and illustrator/cartoonist/orator Otis P Gould III hope to add to the authenticity, as characters to be found in the speakeasy crowd
professional models and enthusiasts of the period Lola Lovestory, Derek Ruston and Marley Lewington will bring their interpretation of the style, glamour and attitude of the era
the experiment completes as Social’s customers and NBO12 participants are lured into the environment, encouraged to release their inhibitions, immerse themselves in the experience of the often excessive and artistic social culture of the 1920’s
hBg is making a call to the universe, and more specifically those with a fetish for the era, to come collaborate with us the evening of September 22, 2012 at Social restaurant
it’s gonna be fuuun!
p.s. come visit me in Minto Park on Elgin this Saturday 9-5 for the Urban Art Show
wandering through the woods
at night listening to the rain
my direction for my Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 walking sticks was revealed
two sturdy branches, used to get me out of the woods, complete the collection
as NBO12 announces its artists i am setting to work on the sticks
my excitement for the night is starting to grow
…how many days left?
walk with me
ok…so birds didn’t really work well either…
i started this adventure with the hopes of collaboARTing at any and every chance
so here is a great chance!
Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 / #NBO12
as the new countdown clock of the right tells me, we have five-ish months to go
September 22, 2012
heARTbeatgal and a fantastic fellow collaborator will take part in the over-night pedestrian arts celebration with a few collaborative pieces
(une page blanche)
the intention of the project is to allow the night to shape collaborative inter-active pieces in celebration of connectedness, both within ourselves and with those among us
it invites others to actively collaborate, allowing us to tap into the energy of what is most beautiful in life, self-love, connection, self-expression, fun, creation, community
i will soon detail some of the project ideas…because i wish with all my heART to have you collaborate with us!
think large papier collé that we could start soon and finish that night… think travelling walking sticks that share their journey in snaps… or just think!
we want input