Welcome to all 2.3 readers of this blog! It's so nice to see you again!
You may remember that I attempted to get folks to STROLL n the the spirit of the Hausmann-era flaneur awhile back, to limited results. I've recast the project somewhat and want to issue that invitation again. This time there is a specific date for your participation, although the otherwise general absence of rules remains the same.
Here's how to participate in STROLL:
1. On Jan. 18, at any time of the day or night, go for a stroll. Keep in mind the attitude of the Hausmann-era French flaneur: a stroll was pure recreation with a hint of consumerism in it, namely consumerism of the locale itself and the notion of consuming some "leisure time." Your stroll may be from anywhere to anywhere, alone or with others, but the one stipulation is that is must have no purpose other than the act of strolling itself ... no fair strolling down to the grocery store to get milk, for example.
2. Document your stroll! Snap photos, record sounds, or take video along the way, create digital or pen-and-paper sketches, pick up "found objects," draw maps or diagrams, or capture your stroll in poetry, prose, music, performance or simple descriptive notes. Be as deep or as shallow as you like, as thoughtful or as reactive. There are absolutely NO LIMITATIONS and better yet, NO EXPECTATIONS! ANY kind of documentation is 100% acceptable! I'm also interested in any reflections or thoughts you have about the idea of strolling strickly to "consume" your "leisure time."
3. Talk to me! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you've taken a stroll, and tell me what sort of documentation you made ... if you're comfortable with it, you can send your documentation along as an attachment at the same time. If it's a 3-D object you've constucted (or something you found and picked up along the way) or anything that is otherwise not electronically transferrable, include a brief written description. We'll then talk about what form your documentation can best be presented in.
4. Stay tuned for the exhibit! All our documentation will be collected and coordinated into simultaneous Real Life and Second Life gallery exhibitions. You may be listed as a collaborator on the project, or remain annonymous. Second Life work featuring or credited to avatars will NOT be coordinated with Real Life names unless you request it, and no real life or Second Life identifying information will be shared with anyone else for any purpose EVER.
Remember, this project is also being replicated in Second Life. If you have an avatar and would like to do a Second Life stroll in addition to your Real Life stroll, please feel free to do so! For information on how to submit your information from a Second Life stroll, see "Let's Be Real," the blog of my avatar, the lovely Asimia Heron.
If you have any questions, please email me!
Okay, everybody, get out there and STROLL!