Contact with Mystery, 2013

A community-based project that aimed to facilitate interpersonal exchange in face of rapidly changing modes of communication. I mailed handmade parcels to roughly 850 strangers, sending them to every household in five small communities throughout my home state of Idaho. The envelopes contained a postcard with prepaid postage and an invitation to pause, reflect, write, and send a note to a friend, family member, or stranger.  Contact with Mystery sparked both anticipated and unexpected conversations. The project looked beyond the the effects of technological advancement on personal communication. Contact with Mystery and the ensuing interactions addressed the context and capacity in which art can function and explored, perception, optimism, cynicism, and notions of success and failure. 

 

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