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.
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.
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 do you feel lucky?
As a part of my art project, I have been concentrating on what people do to get a little bit of luck but do we really register the actual moment of “luck”? The feeling is usually connected to some sort of success (winning money, getting the right question at the exam paper or escaping an unpleasant event). We often say: “That was lucky!” When was the last time you felt lucky?
For me it was this morning. This unexpected rainbow suddenly appeared on my wall. I could not work out what caused it. The sun come in everyday the same but the rainbow was never there. Or I haven’t noticed? Well, in any case, I felt really lucky to see it, to catch the fleeting moment when it appeared. It made my day!
I will be more than happy to hear about your “lucky” experiences.
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?