What are you going to do with my task list?
I'm not a shady person. I want you to be informed about what I plan on doing with your task list.
The short answer:
Collect them. Scan them. Store them. Make something big and neato with them. Then, see where this project organically takes me.
The longer answer (if you’re a details kinda person):
Below are the 3 major phases of the project as I currently see them. In light of new opportunities and information, these phases may shift slightly and will certainly come into more focus. I’m a recovering perfectionist and a planner at heart. Because of the massive scope of the project, I wanted to embrace my fear of the unknown by taking action instead of being stymied by analysis paralysis.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Phase 1: Collect + Scan + Store
Collecting 33,000 handwritten task lists from women is going to be quite an undertaking - both in terms of time and effort. As a lover of people, good conversation and ephemera, this is the really fun part for me. In this marathon, I’m warming up my asking & receiving muscles by asking friends, family, and really any female strangers who happen to strike up conversation with me. The reality is: If I have to ask 33,000 women one-by-one, I’ll do it. This is a labor of love. Behind the scenes, I’m percolating on ways to incorporate my favorite aspects of social media, creative reuse craftwerking, public speaking and writing to get the word out.
As task lists roll in, I’m currently storing them. When I hit a critical mass (ok, a full box), they’ll get scanned and stored. My plan is to use the actual handwritten task lists in Phase 2 and the digital reproductions in Phase 3.
Here's a sampling of what's rolling in so far:
Phase 2: Make Some Art
This is the scary part. This is where the Itty Bitty Shitty Committee in my head starts going bananas. (Picture the riotous British House of Parliament.) Who do you think you are? You have an expired CPA license and several nutrition certifications - what the hell do you know about art? You don’t have the skill, pedigree or training to create an art installation. No legit art world anybody is going to give you the time of day. I could go on, but I think you catch my drift. I’m not sharing this because I want a pep talk. I’m sharing this to say what I’ve learned so far: Don’t stop just because you feel some fear. Make a move - any move. People, especially other women, will surprise and amaze you in some totally rad ways.
Now, you’re probably wondering what the actual installation will be, right? Truth be told, I have a very clear vision of the initial inspiration - both visually and experientially. I will continue to percolate on these core elements. Yet, the beauty (and my personal challenge) for this project is to stay flexible and organic during Phase 1, the collection process. That process could take years. I don’t want to stunt any natural evolution. Very much out of character for me, I’m going to see what ideas reveal themselves and what I learn as I collect, connect, learn and grow. As I go, I’ll share updates through my newsletter and blog.
Phase 3: The Great Beyond
If Phase 2 is the scary part, Phase 3 is the great beyond. Emphasis on great. Without a crystal ball, who knows? I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime...