Week 4: Art Care Package

Sent to: My girlfriend Shey

Q1: How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?

It’s similar in that you’re creating something. A snapchat is much easier (at most you have to create a face that expresses what you want to express and find decent enough lighting). An art care package is much more involved and takes more thought as to what you want to add into the package. But at it’s core, it’s sending someone something that you have composed.

Q2: How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?

It’s different in that it’s much more involved than a Snapchat. You have to think about the receiver’s likes and dislikes, what might be useful to include, and what might be fun for them to try out. In a snapchat you only have to compose one picture, whereas in an art care package you might include well over 10 individual items within the package.

Q3: What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?

I feel it entirely depends on what exactly it is. If it’s a bead bracelet that my grandmother got as a concert, even if it’s a free one that is handed out to all in attendance, I feel that is a pretty cool piece of history to have. On the other hand, if it’s a simple parking ticket or a ticket to a concert, I’d find that pretty useless and just throw that away. Those are in excess and can be found literally everywhere, so I see no value in them.

Q4: Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?

I feel there is somewhat of a difference. The underlying concept of it being art and it being created to express something is the same; however, one’s expressions reach a far wider audience than the other’s. Similarly, art seen by many people tends to be generally accepted as something that is in the taste of the general public, whereas art only seen by few may not follow that.

Q5: You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?

The effort difference definitely means something. If someone goes through the trouble to manually assemble something such as an art care package and then snailmail it to you, it shows that person cares about you, more so than a snapchat would. Similarly, Snapchat will arrive within seconds, which makes it much more convenient and much more preferred when sending something. Faster is better in that it arrives quicker and you get a quicker reaction and need less planning. Slower is better in that it shows more emotion and connection to the person you’re sending the gift to.

Q6: People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?

I certainly think you can. You do not need to make a full 5 course meal gourmet style in order to make a meal with love. And I feel an Art Care Package incorporates more love than a snapchat would. Snapchat, in it’s essence, is meant for fast and quick communication. As such, it lacks the depth that a traditional tangible gift or face to face interaction would have.

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