A FRIDAY SCORE 🖍
Well-trafficked spaces … microecologies …
If you feel safe to practice this score, please wear masks when interacting with others outside and enjoy the engagement.
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Much love, @jeniwavelength & @gatablanco
Amplifying What Is There
Choose a well trafficked public space.
Invite passersby to use chalk to map and amplify the microecologies creeping through the sidewalk.
Try to notice how each passerby‘s approach differs from the departure after participating.
“We used the score outside the Hispanos Unidos Garden, a thriving community garden that sits between the top of the watershed and the Bronx River. More than half of the people walking by stopped to join us, some even coming back and one teen emailing me to say how much she enjoyed it and wanting to know when she could work with us again. The shift that happened in all of our bodies – both in terms of level and speed, as well as in terms of delight and play – was significant. My favorite example of the shift was a father who was barking “walk” at the younger of his two boys, who was trailing behind him, as he approached our drawing. I asked if the boy wanted to join, then eventually we encouraged the older brother and dad to draw (he drew a cartoon face). When they walked away less than 10 minutes later, the dad was holding the boys hand and his pace have slowed to accommodate the child. Perhaps as we continue collaborating, we can begin mapping the area in such away block by block, with the communities that live there.
– Paloma McGregor, 2012 iLAB resident