Thursday, September 11, 2008
On Wednesday we had our first mission! A group of about 20 of us went into a local furniture store and fell asleep on the beds and couches. The ladies who ran the shop freaked out and slapped the beds trying to wake everyone up. They called both the cops and the store owners, but by the end they were laughing hysterically to each other. We got it on tape with hidden camera and hope to edit the video together sometime soon.
Here's the store:
Here's the store:
Posted by ctodd at 12:16 AM
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
This afternoon we're going out on our first mission. Kendal and I will lead the group of locals on a "Freeze" mission. We're going to do a "Walking Freeze" which is a riff on the idea from my Frozen Grand Central mission in New York. I will lead the group as we walk in a lose pack, seeming like we don't know each other. Whenever I stop, everyone behind me will freeze in place until I move again. We'll do this several times down the main street in Petrozavodsk, heading past the universities. I'm excited to see how people will react!
Posted by ctodd at 4:20 AM
Thursday, September 4, 2008
We met our hosts for the next 10 days in an incredible multipurpose, multiuse space with plenty of video equipment. We were warned that some of the artists/participants are a bit shy so it will take a while for them to warm up to us. I gave a presentation which covered public art in general and Charlie presented some of his projects. All was well recieved. In the next couple days we will walk around the city with the participants to get a feel for the area and scout possible locations for interventions.
Charlie read about this "quick and friendly" Mexican Restaurant in his Lonley Planet guide. It was Mexican-ish but it wasn't quick, nor friendly.
Before arriving here I heard rumors of a McDonald's like fast food restaurant. Sure enough- there it was. And the catch phrase: "I'm Liking It"