Current project

first words

…from abroad

my message in a bottle returned to me

alina tortosa

from beautiful uruguay

maravilloso!!!

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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 (heartbeatgalart@gmail.com) and i will mail you a stack

this is total fun!

 

heARTbeatgal

p.s. the project is gaining momentum having secured participation in this year’s chinatown re-mixed may 17th!!! (more to come on that)

 

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what makes you human?

 

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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

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

 

 

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crowdbox

touched

photo by @kateudurie http://kateandsuz.com

the snap above is my favourite

it captures me ‘connecting’

simultaneously with touch and on twitter

nbog13crowdbox

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.

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#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!

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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!

heARTbeatgal

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feeling golden

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

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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!

heARTbeatgal

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nature nocturne

tonight is the night

party at the dinosaur museum!!!

another collaboration in the works

nocturne

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

heARTbeatgal

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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

fun

heARTbeatgal

click here to see all of the snaps thus far

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delight

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…”

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Nuit+Blanche+keeps+Ottawa+night/7285959/story.html#ixzz27IjxKF1w

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…

hBg

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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”

heARTbeatgal

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e.t.d.

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?

heARTbeatgal

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getting dressed

now, nuit blanche walking sticks not so naked

not finished

but i always find it’s the getting dressed that is the fun part

hBg

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eight

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

fun

exciting

heARTbeatgal

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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!

hGb

p.s. come visit me in Minto Park on Elgin this Saturday 9-5 for the Urban Art Show

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branching out

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

along with “walk with me” heARTbeatgal is collaborating with artist Rob Brazeau, and others, for his twenties prohibition era Nuit Blanche photo project at Social

my excitement for the night is starting to grow

…how many days left?

hBg

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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

stay tuned

please

heARTbeatgal

 


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