Documentary 1,000 Journals Screens at SMoCA Lounge with Director Q&A
|The documentary 1,000 Journals screens at the SMoCA Lounge at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.|
In August 2000, a San Francisco graphic designer - going by the unassuming handle "Someguy" - left 100 blank journals in random places around the city, just waiting to be found.
Soon after, he released 900 more, posting them out one by one to eager participants across the globe. He left a set of instructions in each journal, inviting contribution to what would become a collaborative art project, and urging people to pass the journals on or, when completed, return them so that their contents could be digitized and posted on the project's website. Three years later, one journal came back: #526.
Here's where filmmaker Andrea Kreuzhage, who will be at the SMoCA Lounge for a Q&A following the Thursday screening, came in. Like the author who chased thousands of rubber duckies around the world, Kreuzhage - camera in tow - chased the journals: Where had they all gone? Who had them now?
In tracking down the journals (which you can now view both online and in companion books), Kreuzhage interviewed more than 500 participants from around the world.
Their stories - of desperately wanting to keep the journal, of getting it sent back with cruel messages about their contributions, of adding new rules to the journal's pages about length of possession - create a complex vision of humanity today.
You can see this echoes on the pages of the journals themselves. There are collages: Catherine Zeta-Jones prepares to eat what looks like the head of Mariah Carey on a juicy hot dog. There are photos and doodles, and even CDs taped to the page. There are profound thoughts on current events.
One keeper of journal #896 writes, "I have one person who determines for me what levels of fecal contamination are acceptable for me to swim in. That person is me, and that acceptable level is zero."