The Dialogue Project: The Quotes of Many Days

The Dialogue Project, a public art exhibit that showcases nine 5-by-7-foot screens covered with hundreds of quotes from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Emily Dickinson, Mahatma Gandhi and others, is touring US cities until 2007. Designed by San Francisco artist Mike Garibaldi Frick, it is currently in Denver.
The Denver Post reports Frick’s goal:

“I wanted to create something in public spaces that showed commonalities and brought people together,” Frick said, “while at the same time sparking meaningful conversations.”

Some quotes are displayed in larger type, while others remain smaller and require readers to move closer. It’s the gimmick that draws viewers – the large quotes grab onlookers’ eyes, they find one that resonates and then they start reading the smaller.

Apparently it is working, in New York Frick reports that:

…people would come out of the subway, and they’d be trying to go somewhere, but they’d have to stop to read the screens at the same time. … One person said: ‘I have to go to work. I have an appointment. But I have to stop and read this, because it’s so engaging.’

According to the website, the other part of this project is a documentary being filmed as it tours.

Creation of Dialogue and the national tour is being covered by an award winning documentary crew. The final film will document all aspects of Dialogue – from the “behind the scenes” creative process to the amazing cross country journey, event installations, audience reactions and commentary from the media and the world’s leading experts on the power of dialogue. Final distribution might include: HBO, PBS, Sundance, Discovery Channel and/or limited theatrical release in 2007.

The website has a lot more about this interesting project, including more of the quotes. This is the one that caught my eye:

“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell ’em.”
Louis Armstrong

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8 Responses to The Dialogue Project: The Quotes of Many Days

  1. KJ says:

    YES! People scoffed at me when I advocated buying billboards with one or two line messages… but I stole that idea from the successful Poetry in Motion, who stole the idea from the British.

    In my opinion, never underestimate water cooler talk, bumper sticker mentality or people who say things like: “GWB is crookeder than a dog’s hind leg.”

    It’s all poetry to me. 🙂

  2. KJ says:

    And few people make the time or have the time each day to spend the few minutes it takes to read a short poem or a thoughtful quote. That sort of introspection is simply not built into this culture, so it comes down to “put it right in front of people’s faces” to work.

    And we all love to think and ponder. Stew in a rich brew for a minute or two. It makes us feel good.

    At least, in my opinion.

  3. Ginny in CO says:

    KJ..

    As ususal, I agree with your opinion. 😉 Thought this is totally cool, will have to make a trip downtown to see it.

    This is what is in my journal/bible. And I add to it when something becomes meaningful.

    In the light of trying to get some people in this country to wake up and think, Armstrong’s quote is a reminder-
    people have always done this.

  4. Teresa says:

    Ginny!!! Let’s go see it together!

  5. Ginny in CO says:

    Teresa!!!

    Great idea, I’m off to the mountains today with my daughter. Will have to be home by dark at the latest. Will get on the email or phone…

  6. Ummm Ok so I’m not invited huh 😉

  7. Ginny in CO says:

    Donnie,

    Are you coming to Denver??? 😉

  8. KJ says:

    Ginny, I’ll have to pass on the Louis Armstrong quote to JimBobKen. After the adventure here, he’ll appreciate that one especially.