This art experience is interesting as we are mailing our everyday item to one of our classmate. At the beginning i have some trouble finding things to put into the package, as i thought “will it be trash for the ones who receives it?” Then i came to realized that an art package is about my memories, or about myself as a whole, where i have been, what i have done, what i have received. Therefore, thinking about these criteria, i begin my searching.
I search through my room and i have found something that i have gotten from last semester or this semester that i am still keeping it, they are either from mail, shop or schools. It is basically about my memories as a whole in California.
It includes mini flyers from the engineering department with my EE class note exercises at the back, with some random drawing i made, a tag of a sweater that i have bought recently, a sticker from the engineering department, a sport flyer from Long Beach Sports team in Fall 2015, and a nice mailing stamps that i received from another Cal State’s flyers, and an expired sunscreen coupon that i have received from a beauty box i received once i arrived in the United States.
I am going to mail this is Martin. 🙂
- The experience of creating your ACP:
- How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
In Snapchat, we are basically snaping random stuff around us, regardless of it’s “beauty”, it is more of like a temporary daily dairy for us, a temporary documentation. Just like an ACP, we are stuffing random things, like the flyers we have received, means we have been there, at the certain place, on a certain date to get those, we might or we might not get involved with it but it is still part of our memory, and these flyers that we received, sort of documented that moment that we have been there.
- How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
Sending someone a snapchat takes only seconds, but mailing n ACP takes DAYS. Also, sending a snapchat is FREE, and sending ACP cost us postage $$.
Apart from that, we are able to gather everything we could find and put it into the ACP package, it is a little bit more troublesome, and also requires more effort, but at the same time, more memories and more “moments” are begin transferred to someone else in the ACP package.
- What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets fromWoodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?
From my point of view, it does gain value overtime, but the value differs from one another. If i have no idea who it belongs to, and i just see it on the floor, i might not even bother to look at it and continue my way. But if it is from someone i know / my family, it is definitely more precious, as it defines the memories and the moments of them, things that have been through. If I were to show my grandkids my Chochella ticket, they will be “Wow! my grandma was once a hyper young girl!”, in stead of “My grandma is old and boring.” It might change how they view me or other elder people.
- Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?
ACP contains a more specific aim, as you are sending it to a particular person, you know their gender, example, if you know he is a male, you do not send him a barbie doll or a pink ribbon as a gift. It is more specific more customize. While in Museum it is more general, more for everyone.
- You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?
Fast is better in a way, as everything moves fast these days, if you are slow, you are a loser. However in some way, slow is better. As it is more meaningful, it shows more emotions, requires more efforts.
- People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?
Sending the ACP requires more efforts, to search, to gather, to mail. It is more precious in a way as efforts are applied. Someone that receives it will be happier to receive it in mail as they know that someone actually take the effort to search, gather, mail it to him/her. Therefore it contains a certain amount of “love” in the ACP package. While in Snapchat everything happen so easily that people pay also a little or no effort to sending message to somone else, therefore i supposed that the amount of “love” sent from Snapchat is lesser.