Giving Luck

Back in October, I organised a small event where group of people talked about Luck and shared related stories and luck items. All stories has been recorded and there are many photos from this “Luck Salon”, as I like to call it. I plan to share some of them later here on the blog, when time allows. As a small thank you for their generosity, I have casted a small edition of luck soaps, some of them featuring a significant object that appeared at the salon. Here are some photos of the special edition.

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Today’s catch

Since working on the Luck Project, I use every opportunity to ask people about their everyday superstitions and personal talismans. These mini talks are very interesting. Today I was taking part in a job interview and I was lucky to hear another mini story.

An experienced tour-guide showed me his personal token. He got it from a Texan tourist on a guided tour of a German castle. Although he claims that he does not believe in it, that he just finds it comforting to have it, he did bring it to the interview. Or did he just “forget” it in his pocket??? 😉

Do YOU “forget” objects of personal significance in your pockets sometimes? Do you bring anything (secretly of course) to your job interviews or exams? I am trying to compile a mini “atlas” of  significant objects/talismans/luck-bringers. Some of them are already featured here. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOURS!

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Lucky London

Last week I was again on the mission to distribute more Luck. This time my Luck-bringers appeared at the Design Museum, at Tate Modern and in the Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Have you seen them?

If you would like to read more about Looking for Luck, please click here.

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Who needs geocaching if you can LOOK for LUCK!

If you enjoy treasure hunting and use every occasion to play, then read further!

As part of my Luck-Art-Project, I have been distributing mini artworks, that represent “luck bringers” in public places (galleries, museums, restaurants etc.) in Europe to be randomly discovered. They come in the form of mini-soaps (glycerin soap) and the act of hand-washing enables the transfer of luck. Their forms are based on genuine “luck-bringers” such as lucky sculptures or personal talismans.

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The project works with the idea of “serendipity” or “the lucky chance”. The objects are fully accessible but only the “lucky” people who are at the right place at the right time can find them. However, by reading this blog, the chance of finding them increases as the information about the location and time scale of distribution is disclosed here.

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This is an ongoing art project and the objective is to create a “lucky community” – a community of people who perhaps do not know each other but were brought together through this project. In the age of intensive social networking, this community/network can exist without obsessive communication. It is also a community without entry requirements, however with a certain exclusivity due to the pre-requested  need to be “lucky” enough to find one of the luck-bringers.

Please note, that is an art project, not a scientific study or esoteric trial. It should be fun but it should also make us think about the society in which we are currently living and about our daily acts of superstition. It should provide a glimps into the complexity of our behaviour.

Would you like to take part? The next distribution place will be the big museums and galleries in London (11th – 16th August 2014) Please let me know, feedback is greatly appreciated…

When was the last time you made a wish?

I bet we all make wishes when we see a shooting star. Or am I wrong? Are you just saying that you are not superstitious???

Well, while working on my Luck (art) Project, I have encountered many people who first claimed not to be and then, after short consideration, produced a surprising luck-bringer or talisman from their bag or wallet. I also observed the most entertaining behaviour around sculptures, that according to legends, bring luck. So I do believe, that most of us has at least an ambivalent relationship with our superstitious thoughts. One of my friends summed it up when she said, that we actually touch the “lucky sculpture” just-in-case, meaning we do not really believe in it but… Just in case we would be unlucky if we didn’t? I find this behaviour fascinating and therefore I am working on an art project inspired by this desire to be lucky and able to make a wish and hope that it might come true.

This is my first post on this blog and the first step to create the “lucky community”. No, I am not esoteric. I am pretty down-to-Earth person but I do make wishes and touch sculptures and believe that it is a rather comforting act that doesn’t hurt anyone. I also believe that if you’d have found a little object – by chance – that is meant to bring luck, it could have made you happy. At least for a couple of minutes and that is already enough to justify my efforts on this project (LOOK for LUCK tab).

To see some of the luck-bringers I collected so far, click on the LUCKY OBJECTS tab, or if you would like to see my Luck Travel Guide, click on the LUCKY PLACES tab.

Would you like to take part in my project? Follow my blog, comment below or send me an e-mail.

What is your little act of superstition?