Dear stranger project

I have been getting tons of fun by doing this project that hopefully ends in a everyday life visual narrative of strangers and in a posible social intergration tool between unknown people

How does it works ?

I have printed 21 letters named “Solicitude to hang around”. This solicitude is given to strangers on the street based in an array of rules previously designed by a super exclusive algorithm and unconscious process

This is an example of the letter

Dear stranger project 
HANG AROUND SOLICITUDE,


My name is Vinicius Marquet, I am from Mexico City. Nowadays, I am artist in residence in the digital narratives program at KASK . This Hang around solicitude aims to meet people as part of my visual communication research and social integration program.

During the next days, I would like to hang around with you and take pictures about your daily life.  I ll go wherever you invite me to go as part of your daily activities and habits. We can start as soon as you finish reading this letter. Or at any other moment ,we both agree. Your participation on this project ends, when you explicit communicate it to me "stop the session or project". Also it is possible to arrange different sessions.

It is not a coincidence you have this solicitude in your hands. Your were selected by an exclusive algorithmic and unconscious process. The result of this complex method is the list bellow. 
Surely, your unique characteristic as a stranger fit with one of the rules in the following array:

1.Anyone wearing a red scarf 
2.A being walking with a dog 
3.Some human using headphones
4.A stranger walking with a bike
5.A body showing off bare knees
6.Anybody showing bare shoulders
7.An unknown person holding an envelope. 
8.A persona wearing a mask 
9.A couple wearing the same color 
10.Somebody wearing 70s like-fashion cloths 
11.A mortal walking with the yellow sneakers 
12. One who is using blue boots 
13.An individual wearing stripes 
14.Whoever is bringing a book 
15.Some who with a white leather jacket
16.Is blue-haired smoker 
17.A biped using cowboy boots
18.Golden earring shinning around

If you accept this solicitude you will be granted with a high quality picture from Dear Stranger project and a copy of your pictures.

Thanks in advance for your attention, 
My best regards

VM

 

My self,  I still don’t know the future of the project. And I am working  with a really sensitive material, the everyday life of people.  Because of this, I ll not publish any material (photo and  stories) until all letters are delivered. Then all material will be checked  to see the posible creative outputs.

There are only two rules :

  • I will not print more letters: By this, I mean that each letter is counted. Each letter is a possible story, that can end in any moment during the process.
  • I will meet people and take pictures of their life as far as they let me do it. In the moment, they don’t want to continue in the project. Their contribution is done.

Dear stranger, I am waiting for you .

Supergrass – Seen The Light

Language is the border

Solo existes si estas presente
Los ausentes Siempre Des existimos

I am happy to share this project published in Taper.
Taper is an online literary journal for computational poetry and literary art.
Each issue is edited by a collective.
This second issue, was curated by Sebastian Bartlett, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Angela Chang, Judy Heflin, and Rachel Paige Thompson.
A constraint was established: The core part of each poem — the HTML on the page after the header — could be no more than a tiny 2KB, 2048 ASCII characters.

Some how it was about Two,  2,  or tú

About “between_tongues_entre_lenguas”:

“Duality” or “two” implies a border between identities, a difference from the unity and a recognizable distention with the otherness. “Entre dos lenguas / Between two tongues” understands language as a unique and natural border between humans. It explores the semiotics of the word “two” coming from an array of 48 different languages, its mathematical representation as the number “2”, and the user interaction as another layer of language. As the poem advances, it mutates the structure of the sentences. The poem’s last screen shows a graphical division done as consequence of the constant interaction. Does “dos” equal “two” ? Maybe. It could be, if we present the same symbol. But it doesn’t matter if we don’t experience language between each other .
So, What happens “Entre dos lenguas” ? Maybe, it is an act of love, a willing to understand and communicate the other. Or it just dosn’t happens.
Language is the border.

This is the last version “Between_tongues_entres_lenguas”  for Taper:
Thanks Lillian and Angela for their support in this work

Single version of the work  :

Spanish

English 

Tell me a secret: Software Re-cover ed

Last October the 25th, I have the honor to present Cuentanos un Secreto in the Kingston University in London.  The masterclass was divided in a lecture and small workshop during a day in the campus.

For this premier londinense edition, Tell me a secret project opened secrets coming from New York City Douglas Huebler’s collection. Those stories comes from New York City, 1969. They were exhibited during the Software project exhibition at the Jewish museum in 1970. Also years later,  those secrets were printed as an artist book named Variable piece 4  published by Printted Matters in 1973. In 2017,  the same art publisher did a second edition of the book .

The book provides a glimpse into the cultural, political, and social preoccupations of the time. Futhermore,  Sofware project exhibition and Variable num 4 are piooner pieces in “New Media Art”, by crossing the fields of technology and language and combining cultural artifacts as machines with processes and data coming from  Art practices, as Conceptualism.

Now a days , this thin line curated by Jack Burnham ask for deeper analysis regarding parallelism in  Art and Technology manifestations as e-lit , creative coding, creative writing,  and so on.  (This will not be developed in this post, but I keep the eye open for future post here.)

 

Almost 50 years later, we explored secrets coming from this era. They might portrait one of the most vibrant generations in the recent modern human history. Some of these people were participant of the 1968 international student protests. Students from New York, London, Rome, Paris, Mexico city, Madrid, Sao Paolo, among other cities around the globe were demanding diverse civil rights as another understanding for our democratic systems.

Sadly, some of those protests end up with government repression as in Mexico, Brazil or even in Scandinavia.

Who were these people? Are they related to our every day life? Does these people were connected by internet or any other communication system? Why do these protests almost happened at the same time? How the world has changed due to this generation?

 

Does it exist any story in Douglas Huebler’s collection that tell us more about this generation or about the time when those events happened ?

For this edition explored narratives that can be hosted into a single HTML button. Reviewing 3 basic states of the interactive objet: link, visited, hover, and active. All buttons trigger an action

What event does it buttons triggers?
How does this states relates each other ?

All these buttons will be hosted in single website (Ofrenda) honors Douglas Huebler and the students protest of 1968.

 


 

Here you can find some pedagogic material  I have developed  for this project

Lecture

Download Sofware Re-cover Presentation [PDF/32.5M]

Videos:

Web-prototype

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Thanks Kingsdom University for all their attentions.

Thanks a lot to Maria Mencia
for inviting me to the
UK and sharing her time,
smiles and food during
my birthday in UK 😀

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