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Hi!

My name is Lauren. I’m studying for a master’s degree in Town Planning at Newcastle University. I am here looking for people to interview via email, to help me gather data for my dissertation. My dissertation is a study of “Urban Subversion”.
It sounds more dramatic than it is. Basically by ‘urban subversion’ I mean: when people who do things in places that were not designed for the purpose. For example, skate boarders who chose to skate on the streets rather than in a skate park. Or anyone who does free running / parkour, lets face it there are few specifically designed places for that!

I am here specifically looking for people who flash mob:

I’m also interested in:
BMX
Parkour,
Skateboarding,
and Aggressive inline skating.
(So if you know anyone can you point them my way?)

Why do I want to know?

I’m interested in how people use the city. They live, work, and play there. What I’m really into is unusual uses of the space in cities. One mans street is another mans stage. The rail I might hold onto to go down some steps may also be a great place to do some stunts. Not every curb is ground by skaters, and not every wall has some guy vaulting over it. The question I want answered is why? Why do people choose specific sites to behave in certain ways? I think it’s an important thing to look into because a lot of councils try to stop people doing these things. I’m sure you’ve all seen curbs with notches on them to stop people grinding them. I’m approaching this from the position of: why try and stop people from doing these physical activities when the majority of councils are trying to encourage people to get fit? Also, it’s public space …right?

What do I want from you?

I’d like to email you some questions, they shouldn’t take long to answer, 30 mins max. They’ll basically be about what you look for in street spots. I can promise you anonymity; you can choose the name you will be referred to in my work. In return I’ll thank you (as that name) in my work and I will send you a copy of the “with thanks to” and the abstract from my work (the blurb about what I’ve written). I can’t send you the whole thing-the only people who are likely to see this finished are the people who mark it. I know it’s a big ask form a total stranger but I would really appreciate it and you would be helping me write something positive on flash mobbing and other urban activities.

If you can give me 30 mins to answer some questions please drop me a line to:

Answerlauren @ gmail.com

(Xposted like mad )

(TL:DR – I want to ask you some questions, send me an email if you’re up for it)
 
 
09 June 2009 @ 12:49 pm
Coming to the Ontario this summer and want to join a flash mob,   i think it would be very cool.   Any idea's where and when the next one is going to be?

Seepi
 
 
25 March 2009 @ 12:06 am
Host:
Diego Tengono
Type:
Other - Carnival
Network:
Global
Date:
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Time:
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Dundas Square
Street:
Younge & Dundas
City/Town:
Toronto, ON

The plan is for everyone willing to cooperate to gather in Dundas Square and do a flashmob, at 3:05 there will be a honk

FIRST PART: we are going to have a flash mob session this is going to start at 3:00 to 3:15 and a group of people will start laughing very loud, from there all the participants can start laughing as well and since laughter is contagious at the end everyone will be really laughing. At 3:15 there will be another honk, and whomever can just leave and keep on their own thing

The idea is to get as many people to laugh for as long as you want, you are allowed to make faces, noises, tell jokes anything to make people laugh, anything but tickles (we want to avoid the "sexual harassment" lawsuits) bring any kind of object to improvise and just make others laugh.

Just hang around the dude with sun-glasses and red nose to be able to hear the honk
Bring as many people as you want, the more the merrier (literally).

If you want to go informative and learn about the reason of this to be taking place feel free to go to
http://www.designportfolio.ca/~graf1131_022/
to learn a little more about this project

And see you there!! with a big smile and a loud laugh!!

p.s. do not hesitate to add any jokes,tips or comment to improve the chances of making possible to get more people to laugh.
 
 
21 March 2009 @ 11:04 pm
hello,
my name is Diego, and I'm in Graphic design @ George brown
college. This year i enrolled in a class for web-design, our
project is to make a solution for modern issues, so I've decided to
work with stress and lack of interactivity for individuals in Toronto
after coming across with a video of t-Verizon where a crowd
starts dancing in a station in Liverpool, anyways, this called my
attention to something called "flashmob" and attending to the pillow fight in dundas square, after talking to my professor
and he told me about you guys, part of my project is to create an event in which i would like to gather as many people as possible @ Dundas square and make a "laughing session" and start laughing for 5 minutes at least; telling yokes, making faces, funny sounds, or just pretending to laugh that at the end would be laughing at this
i would like for this to take place in about a month since it's the end of my semester .
This is not only a project, but something i would really like to see taking place, so i was wondering if you guys could give me a hand, this will also be promoted with a website and if you guys decide to help me with this, i would be pleased to add a link to your website for promotion purposes.
And if it wasn't too much of a problem i would like to have a chat with you to see what you guys think

thank you for your attention and i look forward for your response

Diego
p.s. my e-mail is Viejod85@hotmail.com for any replays and comments about my idea
 
 
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12 December 2006 @ 04:53 pm


Show up with some friends, or all alone. Be sure to bring your personal music player, so you have music to dance to. This one will definetly raise some eyebrows :) Can't wait!


click here for the website with more details
 
 
 
17 October 2006 @ 11:00 pm
If anyone hasn't heard of this, The Toronto Zombie Walk is this weekend. It's a well organized mob project and well, there's zombies.

See you there!
 
 
 
25 July 2006 @ 07:38 pm
Mob project Idea! (sort of)

Street wars seems to be a mertopolis wide game played with a large number of participents. We all meet up and recieve envelopes with:

  • A picture of your intended target(s)

  • The home address of your intended target(s)

  • The work address of your intended target(s)

  • The name of your intended target(s)

  • Contact information of your intended target(s)



And the idea is over the next three weeks you have to hunt down your intended target and spray them with a squirt gun. Thus inheriting their assignment. and it goes on like that until there's only one left. They win... I don't know... Praise and admiration...

Thoughts? Anyone interested?
 
 
26 June 2006 @ 11:42 pm


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newmindspace presents:

BUBBLE BATTLE! T.O
SUNDAY, JULY 2 @ 3:00 PM
QUEEN & BAY, TORONTO


Queen

Meet on the steps of Old City Hall.
Rain or shine.

This Sunday, millions of bubbles fill the sky as we rally at Old City Hall for a massive bubble battle! Beautiful bubbles glimmer and shimmer as the wind carries them in an enchanting, cross-country dance. Join us at 3:00pm with your wildest toys (+ cameras) and let the bubbles soar!

Check out photos from the NYC Bubble Battle :)

This event will also be a picnic in our First Sunday Picnic tradition, so feel free to bring some food and beverage.

Additionally, this will be the last public meeting before our totally awesome next event, Flight of Fancy

The after party is a Cherry Beach Promise party :)

Free and all ages, of course!

For more info, check out newmindspace.com

Love,

Lori* twinkley_star and Kevin pyrotix
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 
 
25 June 2006 @ 07:59 pm
There is a new Internet project: Kissing Garden http://kiss.ksanlab.com
In the Garden fruit grow and get ripe not with the sun but with kisses. More kisses - more fruits and more hectares.

We are going to cover with kisses all the Earth. If you like this idea - just join us.

In the RUnet we have about 2500 hectares of kisses now.