Expanding off of Andrea and Rami’s ideas

The idea of posting “mad libs” on the window panes of Marshall’s studio I think is a fun intervention. But how can we make this informative? I was thinking that the “story” or phrasing should be something that relates to the current conditions of the city and how they came to be.

One idea is to make the story about the neighborhood or the entirety of Chicago itself. Creating a story out of the history of the neighborhood or Chicago. Maybe starting the Mad Lib or “I wish” statement as  “I remember when Chicago used to _____________ ” or ” I wish Chicago was still_____________”, or  “State Street used to be__________”

I think this could make a personal connection with the people that pass the studio and live in the area. It has definitely seen it’s good and bad days and I think we could use the “story” or “stickers” as a way of modeling or saying what has physically, emotionally, and socially happened. Even Professor Miller’s example of the dead space due to riots could be a part of the story. I believe it should be light hearted, funny, and entertaining, but also informative. And it also gives the community a “right” to the story.

It would be interesting to see the different answers to the blanks based upon the individual’s age, race, gender, origin, etc. It would show that there is no manual to the city and people’s experiences and perspectives make the city what it is. The window panes and mad lib story can be a billboard of this timeline of social change. Let me know what you guys think, but I definietly think we should start developing the blanks or the outline of the first story, because obviously it could change. What do you all think?!


Share your personal experiences (good or bad) with your neighbors

This is another spin on a Candy Chang themed intervention. I am interested in Kiyomi’s ideas and I thought this was a different take on it to get the community involved with one another, rather than with us directly.

The images below are interpretations of post-it notes that are intended to be, in our case at least, mounted on the storefront of Marshall Brown’s studio space. They need not be conceived of and printed before hand like depicted below, rather laid out for the public to fill out themselves. Certainly the message would not just begin in a tandem fashion, therefore we could each fill out an “X” amount of post-its with out recommendations for citizens of Bronzeville. Perhaps the fact that we are not Bronzeville citizens will strike an interest in the community to put up post-its of THEIR recommendations to us, and one another such as “Best Resturant”, “Best Friday Night in Chicago”, ect.

These may even be color coded and arranged in some sort of grid by category such as “Food”, “Transportation”, “Music”, ect. It would be interesting to see a dialogue between the community that develops out of the absence of  physical interaction, and rather a coupling of interests, or disinterests.


Texting and Walking

icon design gone wired

SO it has been said that texting and doing anything is like doing anything after having had about four beers. Well the city of Philadelphia is actually doing something about it: segregating these people to a special lane on the sidewalk. From my experience with texting drivers, however, I don’t believe that these pedestrians will be able to keep it in their lane. You can find the article from the Philadelphia Inquirer here.


Adrienne Rich, poet

ADRIENNE RICH, 1929-2012

A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism

Published: March 28, 2012

Art, Ms. Rich added, “means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.” ….

For all her verbal prowess, for all her prolific output, Ms. Rich retained a dexterous command of the plain, pithy utterance. In a 1984 speech she summed up her reason for writing — and, by loud unspoken implication, her reason for being — in just seven words.

What she and her sisters-in-arms were fighting to achieve, she said, was simply this: “the creation of a society without domination.”



Wayfinding devices

You know, people should be aware of how walking in "public" puts them under the rule of private entities.

We are constantly being informed of how to get places, and this is sometimes helpful.

okay, but where's the protest area?

So why not use the same format as a vehicle for other information?

maybe its ironic to designate a "protest area", but then that works with the joke

Now they'll know what we're saying

this isn't even really informative, is it?

And you can find all the pictograms you could ever want at thenounproject.com

31st Street stencil

This stencil is on a plywood barrier on 31st  where the road passes over the railroad tracks just west of Lake Shore Drive (see map for location; x marks spot.)  This site will be in sight of the soon-to-come protected bike lane on 31st.  Only this single panel carries a message; the others seem (to me) eager to join in the dialogue.

looking & being taxed

You are looking at Chicago and being taxed for it.

VOTE! Poll on Pop-Up Gallery.

I am just trying this out for the first time, so I make no promises of this being as cool or as useful as I think this is…

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