readings

i showed both of these projects to one of my friends and she went pretty crazy for them. not crazy enough to get a tattoo, but crazy enough to talk with me about them for a while. these are two things that came out of the conversation.

skin: one of the most bizarre aspects of the project is that so many people were so eager to get words tattooed on themselves - to become words - without even knowing what the words combined would say. they must have taken into consideration the possibility that they would not like the "story" (if we can call it that) or get a bad word (how lame would it be to get "the"?). they still signed up.

implementation: let's bring this to pomona. one night, pretty soon, let's post stickers all over the campuses. i'm completely serious.

In Walker's "Distributed Narrative" she says that "Implementation contains implicit links to other stickers, links which are not usually necessary to follow in order to apprecate the sticker in question." When I first read this statement, I disagreed with it. I think there's a difference between sparking interest and faciliating enjoyment. One sticker creates confusion wonder, but to truly appreciate the sticker, don't you need to know its purpose? Because seeing just one sticker does not tell you "what" that sticker actually is and "what" it is changes when the viewer knows the context. The second thing I thought about was Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter and when I finished the final book less than a day after I got a hold of it, I held the book out and then closed it, realizing that there was no more new Harry Potter information for me to take in. Sadness. But alas! Rowling is all over the country leaking pieces of information about the characters. Dumbledore is gay and the defense against the dark arts position is no longer cursed. She's promised to print an encyclopedia with tons of extra information about the characters. The novels of course stand on there own (especially since they did and still do so in the abscence of the encylopedia), but knowing that there is more information out there is killing me...I must have it. So I guess for me, appreciating the one sticker requires me to know that that sticker makes sense because there are more stickers out there. I need to know where it fits in.

I have to totally disagree with you.
I think that the individual stickers facilitated enjoyment immensely. I look at it this way. He posts all the stickers sequentially in one location, and I would never read it. Boooooooring. I have always enjoyed striving for context of works. Nothing irritates me more than an author unduly imposing their will to the point of meaninglessness.
Like JK Rowling. I think she is ruining her novels. There is a point when explanation becomes limiting, and she is quickly approaching that. Dumbledore as gay I don't mind, there is ample evidence for that. An encyclopedia, no. I have absolutely no interest in her defining my dreamworld.
Even movies from books irritate me when they are not a creative adaptation. I like the literary Harry less (not that he was ever likable) because I am forced to picture Daniel Radcliffe totally muffing lines, any time I read him.

When I was in 6th grade we somehow got a bunch of this sticker and put them all over our school. We didn't know anything about the Andre the Giant stickers, Obey, or Dolemite and blaxploitation. The appeal was the prevalence of these goofy stickers. We'd hide them all over the place and in hard to reach spots. Some are still there to this day. We appreciated w/out knowing about implicit links.

The Obey website is really cool. Check out the bootlegs and the quite appropriate to our class tattoo sections.