welcome to the family!!!

On Friday night Call Your Mom facilitated an interactive piece about family, structure, and idiosyncrasy at Isaac's album release show at Arbor Vitae. We called it "Welcome to the Family" and we were the family makers. We wore hats:

I had a grand time and I learned a lot (more) about the do's and don'ts of interactive/community art. We started our little segment by welcoming everyone to the family. We then proceeded to arrange the party-goers into little groups. They picked card at random, which gave them roles in each family, and suggested some whacky options for how they could comfortably inhabit those roles. We gave them relatives and a scenario to experience with those relatives, then we placed them in front of the camera to help them "picture" themselves in another family's shoes. We included quite a variety in the family roles. And we had fun with it: 

I had a grand time and I learned a lot (more) about the do's and don'ts of interactive/community art. We started our little segment by welcoming everyone to the family. We then proceeded to arrange the party-goers into little groups. They picked card at random, which gave them roles in each family, and suggested some whacky options for how they could comfortably inhabit those roles. We gave them relatives and a scenario to experience with those relatives, then we placed them in front of the camera to help them "picture" themselves in another family's shoes. We included quite a variety in the family roles. And we had fun with it: 

It was such a strange position to put myself in. I felt louder and more manipulative than usual (though not necessarily manipulative in a bad way. It's fun to have people willing to participate in my imagination). It was cool to see how people's assigned roles impacted the way they interacted with their friends. People really got into character. 

There were some things I didn't anticipate. Some people were reluctant to join in, so we had to get even more enthusiastically into character to attract their attention. I said things I would never say. We did this kind of driven, assertive, American "I'm gonna need you to come with me," thing. I found myself saying "Sometimes that happens in a family," to a bunch of different situations. It helped my realize just how complicated this idea we are taking on actually is. It's cool because now I see just how much content we have to work with! I'd love to adapt this piece for the entrance to a house. I thought it was light-hearted and entertaining while maintaining a statement and asking important questions. 

the first born son, turtle, black sheep uncle, and grandpa participate in the first family band practice!