The day started with heading out to explore the neighborhood. The first stop was Nelson Mandela Park. We had some fantastic questions and prompts to help inspire the day. We explored our perceptions of time by using slow motion and stop motion video plus the Boomerang app.
Themes emerged around the simplicity of motion—from water flowing from a drinking fountain to the bees buzzing around the flowers. Hope and Honesty joined us to explore the Penn Avenue Corridor. We responded to the signage and the graphics that appeared on the storefronts. We used the everyday as a prompt for our own forms of expression, reflecting on the question from our poetry workshop from a few weeks earlier: "Who are you acting for"
After a delicious lunch at Whole Foods, we headed to the Carnegie Library of East Liberty to edit the videos. It was there that we added Fatimah to the effort. We decided collectively to assign roles for the editing process, combining videos from everyone's day. The editing lab at the library made it simple for us all to work efficiently on a multitude of tasks. From editing the individual video clips to composing a collective music score, the final video showed how well we all worked together.
All of our efforts came together for the First Fridays event. The event itself was a bit of a challenge in that the rain made it difficult for people to move around. But we had spurts of activity between the downpours. Projecting videos inside of the garage bays gave folks a chance to dry off from the storms moving through the area too. It was an amazing evening that summarized all six of our feasts. We left LSC that evening feeling full and dreaming about what amazing things would happen next in the old garages.