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Laundry Project Details

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Evaluation Plan.doc

TT map gallery.pdf

Laundry TT Map 1.doc


TEAM TO DO LIST as of Friday 01/28 - tasks & things to figure out

  • Develop prompts to add to the paper cutouts (Mike, did you claim this on Wednesday? Lauren, can you add them to the image doc when we've got 'em?)
  • Go shopping / gather borrowed things (Amanda's shopping, and we're all bringing in markers, clipboards, socks)
  • Printing & cutting underwear (everybody next week - about 25 copies in the student center; can Amanda tell us when the paper stock's there?)
  • Finish evaluation plan (Renae's on it)
  • Updated / new flyers (Amanda &/or Lauren, right?)
  • Develop an instruction card to hand out (Kai was doing this, right? Is this still something we're doing along with Betsey's offer of free poster printing? [I hope so])
  • Make (or make up) a plan for all our fabrication / installation stuff on Thursday (maybe let's populate the comment thread with anything we think we might forget?)
  • Also, I (Renae) am not 100% clear on our plan for facilitating each element. Can someone with a better grip describe it here?



See also: LaundryLookFeel.docx and LaundryFlyer.docx (here or under the Pages & Files tab!).


Project Concept: Airing Your Dirty Laundry


This project involves three activities that will:

  • ·      Connect outside passersby (on the skybridge) to the Henry & the VP exhibit.
  • ·      Prompt participants to have social experiences where they a) share details about themselves, b) encounter & categorize details generated by others, and/or c) make connections between participant content & the VP artworks.



Activity A: Sharing your dirty laundry (outside)

Two facilitators (wearing “secret service” aprons of their own, stocked with supplies) approach people on skybridge & encourage them to share secrets (or other thoughts) by writing them on paper cutouts of socks & underwear. Writing may be done with markers, or maybe with a typewriter. Participants will drop their completed cutouts into a hamper (to help preserve their anonymity). Participants might receive an instruction card and/or button. The hamper will be periodically taken inside the museum by a facilitator. Inside, the cutouts will be displayed (see Activity B) – providing a benefit to participants & a motivation to enter the gallery.


Visitors will:

  • ·      Participate in the activity (we can set a numeric benchmark for this)
  • ·      Provide substantive responses to the prompts/activity (as a percentage of all cutouts?)
  • ·      Contribute their responses to Activity B (ratio of cutouts used : cutouts returned?)
  • ·      Move on to participate in Activity B



Activity B: Sorting dirty laundry (inside, mezzanine staircase)

Completed cutouts from Activity A will be brought inside and moved from their hamper into a basket placed in the mezzanine staircase. A clothesline will be installed in each of the balcony/overlook portions of the stairwell. The lines will be labeled with categories that indicate potential reactions to the secret. Participants will be instructed (in writing, at the entry points to the space) to sort the cutouts by category by adding them to the appropriate line with clothespins. Participants may also move posted cutouts from one line to another. Team Awesome will “seed” each line with some sample/example secrets, and will facilitate the space by moderating the completed Activity A cutouts & regularly adding those with substantive content to the inside basket.


Visitors will:

  • ·      Visit the space in greater-than-usual numbers (can establish a baseline by observing visitors before we install)
  • ·      Attend to the baskets & clotheslines (metrics might include hold times, presence of conversations, pointing, laughing, etc.)
  • ·      Participate by reading & hanging/moving other visitors’ cutouts
  • ·      Move from the mezzanine space into the VP gallery below



Activity C: Artists’ dirty laundry (inside, VP gallery)

A possible option for “advanced players” of the laundry/secrets activity that lets participants connect secret-sharing to the VP artworks. Place baskets on stools near a few selected artworks (aprons, window, masks, clocks, film - three at a time, rotating) and provide visitors with written instructions, more pencils, and cutouts:

  • ·      Share a secret by writing one (or move a secret down from the lines upstairs in Activity B) that connects to a work by adding it to the basket, or
  • ·      Share / invent a secret they think the artist may have had, based on their viewing of the work.


Visitors will:

  • ·      Make connections between their own / other participants’ sharing of secrets and the expressive role of the artwork (this is pretty intangible)
  • ·      Add comments to the clotheslines near the selected works (metrics as a count of all comments and/or all commented-upon works)
  • ·      Attend to both comment areas and the works they’re connected to (moving attention back & forth, pointing/taking metrics, etc.)







Interaction Plan: Airing Your Dirty Laundry


Activity A. The visitor:

  • ·      passes Henry on the skybridge
  • ·      is approached by facilitator and agrees to participate
  • ·      selects a paper cutout and a writing implement
  • ·      writes a secret or comment, either of his/her own or in response to the prompt on the cutout
  • ·      adds the cutout to a hamper
  • ·      is told by facilitator that cutouts are being posted inside, that he/she should check it out
  • ·      at some/any point, discusses the activity with other potential participants and/or gets them to join in



Activity B. The visitor

  • ·      enters the Henry
  • ·      proceeds to the mezzanine space near VP
  • ·      sees baskets & lines and reads activity instructions
  • ·      begins reading & assessing cutouts
  • ·      categorizes one or more cutouts by pinning them to lines on the mezzanine
  • ·      may or may not move already-pinned cutouts from one line to another
  • ·      (hopefully) sees VP below and is motivated to go see the exhibit
  • ·      at some/any point, discusses the activity with other potential participants and/or gets them to join in
  • ·      at some/any point, indicates interest or engages in conversation with other participants or non-participants about the activity
  • ·      at some/any point, expresses interest in figuring out what this has to do with the art below



Activity C. The visitor:

  • ·      enters the VP gallery space
  • ·      notices baskets near selected artworks
  • ·      approaches one or more and reads activity instructions
  • ·      either creates a cutout responding to one of the prompts in the instructions OR goes upstairs to the mezzanine activity, reads & assesses others’ cutouts, selects one and brings it downstairs
  • ·      adds one or more cutouts to baskets near one or more artworks (hopefully demonstrating some sort of connection between the two)
  • ·      at some/any point, discusses the activity with other potential participants and/or gets them to join in
  • ·      at some/any point, indicates interest or engages in conversation with other participants or non-participants about the activity
  • ·      at some/any point, identifies connections between the secrets/activities and the works/the show






Content Assets


Assets for outside component

  • ·      Predesigned cutouts:  these will be paper cutouts in the shape of articles of clothing, i.e. underwear, socks, that participants will air their dirty laundry on
  • ·      Writing utensils:  colored pens, pencils, Sharpies, etc. will provide an alternative to the typewriter, giving participants another option and greater artistic liberty.
  • ·      Clothesline:  participants can have the option of displaying their secret outside on the clothesline.
  • ·      Clothespins:  to hang secrets on the clothesline.
  • ·      Hamper:  if participants do not want to air their dirty outside, they have the option to leave them anonymously in the hamper.
  • ·      Aprons:  these will be worn by us to mark us as facilitators and will relate to the textiles on display inside the gallery.
  • ·      Thread starters:  these will be examples generated by us and classmates that provide an example of what the secrets will look like, and how they are to be displayed


Assets for inside component

  • ·      Predesigned cutouts:  as seen above
  • ·      Writing utensils:  pencils that can be used in the gallery space.
  • ·      Clothesline: additional clotheslines will be placed in the museum to provide more room for secrets to be displayed
  • ·      Hampers:  these will be used to sort the secrets that other individuals have left behind.  They will be categorized, allowing the visitor to “curate” the secrets as he or she sees fit.
  • ·      Clothespins:  as seen above, they will be used to display the secrets.  Additionally they will be utilized in the “curatorial” process as visitors group secrets together into larger groups on the clothesline.  They may be used in a possible labeling activity in the gallery as well.









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