Building a World By Picking Words

Public Participation // Card, Books // 2014 // Umea, Sweden

This is still an on-going project.

These cards are hidden inside random books in multiple public libraries. I invite the public who found these cards to take part in the project. I ask people to send me through email those words which are “marked” by this card from the book they are reading. I want to use the words sent from participants to create a fictional story.

I am in the process of making a newer version of this project. The following questions are waiting to be answered:
“Am I allowed to leave these cards in the book from public libraries? Probably not. So how can I find places to ‘host’ this project?”
“How to stimulate the public’s interest in participating?”
“What can be another possible artistic form as the outcome, instead of writing a fiction?”

I hope in the coming year, the upgraded version of this project can be realised.

這是一個仍在進行中的計畫。

我隨機的選了十幾本書,將這張小卡藏在不同的圖書館裡。卡片上邀請意外取得這張小卡的讀者參與此計畫。卡片上要求參與者將透過卡片上的挖孔框選出的幾個”單字”寄給我。我將會依照收集到單字的順序,使用這些字創作小說。

目前我正在準備此計畫的更新版本。下列的問題是需要被思考及回應的:
「在沒有通知館方的情況下,在公有圖書館留下這樣的卡片是合法的嗎? 我想在大部份的城市/國家,都是不被允許的。那麼我該如何找到適合的場所來支持此計畫?」
「如何激起社會大眾的參與熱忱?」
「除了將收集到的文字創作成小說之外,創作成果還能以什麼可能的型式呈現?」

期望明年本計畫的2.0版本能正式啟動。