This afternoon I headed into ACMI to do drop 5. It’s interesting to drop works of art into institutions with roving security guards and staff members constantly on the prowl. You don’t want to be busted doing the drop and asked to take it back, or worse, leave the premises. So you have to loiter around while not looking like you’re loitering, and try not to look like you’re just waiting for everyone to look the other way so you can nick something.
It’s a delicate line to walk. But I managed it today quite nicely and dropped three more Journals out in the world…
And last night I headed into town for the final hand back from an Inscriber. Journal 29 was given to this Inscriber fairly late into the piece as the Inscriber had been super busy with their own project. But by last night it was finished and ready to hand back.
So Journal 29 is now on the towering pile of beautifully Inscribed Journals, ready to be found by someone..
I do hope it’ll be you!
Journal 3′s Finder just left a message on the I Found A Journal page of the website… How awesome is that?
Just before lunch I headed into the Museum for Drop 4. I love Museums, they’re one of my favourite cultural institutions anywhere in the world. Today, being Sunday, the Museum was filled with visitors, which is awesome but makes it harder to put a Journal down, photograph it and walk away without anyone seeing!
The first drop, Journal 3, I left on the seat and walked away, a man came running after me saying “Excuse me, did you leave your book back there on the seat? Or is it someone else’s?” I smiled at him and said “Nah, it’s someone else’s”, which was absolutely true, Journal 3 isn’t mine, it’s for whoever finds and takes it.
This morning the finder for Journal 27, Jono, posted on the Sharing Ink Facebook Page this very beautiful story about his experience…
He also posted the story on the I’ve Found A Journal page on the website. I’m so pleased he went to the trouble to ensure I could read his experience!
Thanks so much for letting us know, Jono!
This is so lovely. Journal 17′s Finders are Catherine and Paul. Catherine has been following along on the Facebook page so knew what to look out for, and when they found one, Paul wrote about the experience on his reviewing blog.
Guerrilla Kindness, Hidden Spaces, Einstein, Debacles
August 3, 2013
Arrived at the Arts Centre car park at bit early for our pre-Einstein Dafternoon Tea (dinner served at afternoon tea time). Catherine began pestering me about some journal thing while we were walking towards Hamer Hall to have a look at Hidden Space, Ready Stages, an installation in the Riverwalk space. She was not explaining herself clearly. I thought she was talking about a new Arts publication. I was forced to look up @sharing_ink on Twitter (she’s old skool and doesn’t have a smart phone). I’m glad I did because the pic of Journal #17 had just been posted and we recognised the background of the photo as a cane table just like the one we were standing next to. There it was, just a few tables away. We bought a biscuit and fed some crumbs to the expectant sparrows while admiring the find. My annoyance at Catherine’s whims instantly evaporated. What a beautiful thing! Beneficiaries of guerrilla kindness. Thank you Sayraphim Lothian.
You can read about the rest of Paul’s night here (including how the Arts Centre lost his umbrella while he was at Einstein on the Beach, which is so weird because they did that to us a few days before!)
On Friday I revealed on the Sharing Ink Facebook page where Saturday’s Drop was going to be, and got a response from Catherine
This response made me change my plan. I was going to go in the morning to drop the Journals, but this made me think that I should drop Journals at different times in the day to allow for different people to find them. So I posted:
After doing Drop #3, I got an almost instant response from the Finder of Journal 17, which was super lovely. Later that night, the other Finder of Journal 17 posted this on the Facebook page:
I was thrilled! Not only did someone who’s been following the project find a Journal, but it was because of Catherine’s comment that I’d changed how I planned to do Drops!
Honestly, I love this project!
Moments after the Inscriber and I dropped Journal 17, we got a response from the Finder via twitter (pic included!)
The Finder also tweeted the message underneath, so clearly there’s more coming from this Finder… How awesome is that?
Just after lunch today I headed into town to the Arts Centre for Drop #3. Like yesterday, one of the Inscribers wanted to participate in the drop of their Journal, Journal 17. The dropping of the Journal went hand in hand with the Inscription. So I wandered around and dropped Journal 27 and Journal 15 then I met Journal 17′s Inscriber at the Arts Centre cafe for the final drop of the day.
Journal 5′s Finder responded on the Sharing Ink Facebook page!
“Arrived from Northern NSW. Catching up with friends. Sat down on a bench to rest my weary bones and find a lovely journal outside the state library. Heading to Canberra on an overnight bus at 8PM. What will I leave behind?”
Lovely to know Journal 5 found a good home