Interactive Table Project by artist Channey Phung
Working at a university is an interesting place. There is always something popping up - like this table and chair set outside today as I walked to Steacie Science & Engineering Library to retrieve a book.
The sign stuck on it says:
"The Interactive Table Project is an activism project put up at several locations across campus by the artists Channey Phung. The purpose of these installations is to enhance our sense of relation with others surrounding us. We want to get people closer together, or event simply exchange a conversation with those who were strangers. We believe these little greetings can help. Greeting a random person serves as a way to make us aware that we are all interconnected with each other; as a part of the whole. Especially targeting University students being the ones who are prompted to make a change, and where many face solitude on campus."
With a Bob Dylan quote: "The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do for anyone but inspire them?"
Followed by: "We want it inspire you to be aware that there are others in this world, and you always have the power to do something great for them."
Another paper attached bears the title of the installation, a photo of two people chatting at the table, and some instructions:
"How to Use:
1. Take a seat.
2. Write your desired interaction with another individual using the board. e.g. "Sing me a song," "I'll tell a story," "talk about your pet," etc.
3. Chill, wait for someone to sit in front of you.
4. Enjoy an interaction with this person."
I'm too busy today (work, class, etc.). But I might try it out tomorrow at lunch.