June 24th, 2008
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exercise #75 found photos

1. Take a photo of yourself in various locations.
2. Post the photos close to where you took them.
I wanted to share with you a cool letter I received this week about an activity from the Guerilla Art Kit. I love seeing what people are doing with it. I excerpted some of the letter here, the photos are from the event:
Dear Keri,
I am a teacher of English working in a small industrial town close to Rouen, Normandy, France. At the end of the school year I asked my students (15/16 years old) to write a short diary about their guerilla art activity. My idea was inspired by your Guerilla Art Kit which I had found in the Beaubourg Museum Bookshop in Paris. So I told my students about your book, about guerilla art, about the sense of connection to the environment. They were interested by your ideas and we decided to act this way:
I let each of them choose a place of our school. I took a picture of them (a part of them actually, their hand, their hair, their foot…their choice) in that chosen environment and printed it on normal paper. They stuck the picture close to where it was taken, so people might question themselves when they spotted the picture. In order to feel the experience, they didn’t know where the others had taken and stuck the picture. So they could wander around the school and find the photos. They thought it was exciting, like a treasure hunt, and therefore they also watched other people finding the picture. They weren’t to react if someone ripped the picture, only to report, but it actually didn’t happen: the other students or members of the staff only watched them and you could see their puzzled expression! All this was to be written in their diary.
from Gekko Hopman

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