by Candy Chang
Inspired by empty store fronts, Candy Chang created stickers to allow local residents of a neighborhood in New Orleans to voice their desire for new services in their community. It began as a part of a gallery exhibit, and now has spread across the world.
From the project page:
I Wish This Was was inspired by vacant storefronts. There are many where Candy lives in New Orleans. There are also many people who need and want things. Who knows a place better than the people who live and work there? We know what businesses and services we need, and we know what would make our neighborhoods more ours. What if we could easily voice what we want, where we want it?
As an experiment, Candy created fill-in-the-blank stickers that say “I wish this was ____.” She placed boxes of free stickers in businesses around the city and posted grids of blank stickers and a permanent marker on vacant storefronts, so anyone walking by could fill one out. The stickers are vinyl and they can be easily removed without damaging property.
9 femme traits
2 butch traits
Is it a medium or a product?
Medium (f), for community residents to communicate.
Is it a tool or a weapon?
Is it for communication or control?
Does it have potential for creation or power?
Is it expressive or instrumental?
What’s more important flexibility or speed?
Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?
Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?
Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?
Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?
Exploiting (b), exploit is a bit harsh but it does make use of a resource provided by the community.
Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one?