We are in the process of dreaming our ArtPrize project into the world. We have a Potluck dinner at our home every Sunday night and we have been talking about what we want to do. We have gone around the table with a lot of different ideas and we are the most excited about the idea of building a large fanciful raft to float on the Grand River.
We discovered the artist who goes by the name of Swoon back in 2009 when we were working on the Wonder Wagon and we have always felt a kinship with her spirit that leads her and her friends to create the large collaborative works they do. I have included a Ted Talk she did in Brooklyn where she talks about her past projects and her motivations. I can relate to the frustration she has with the narrowness of making art for the gallery. She describes this as a suffocating context for the artist tries to fit into. She wanted to make something too large to fit into a gallery or museum. Not just large in size but large in many different ways.
One of the most important aspects to me about the ArtPrize projects we have created in the past with the Wonder Wagon and Plan B is the way working together with others on a big project becomes a context to build relationships. It is with in these relationships that we actually begin to rediscover who we are as individuals. There is a measure of self discovery that comes as you find yourself in the midst of a team of people who are all working together towards a common goal that has nothing to do with making money. The goal is simply to create something of beauty and mystery. The goal is to do together something that we have never done before and could not do alone.