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Thanks For Participating in The Family Reunion Project. Stay Tuned for The Collective Document.

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for coming out and participating in the Family Reunion Project!  It was so much fun dancing to Stevie Wonder in the name of unity.  Here are some pictures of the event:

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Check out these videos of the event from inside of the performance:

If you have any picture and/or video of the event, please post them on Flicker and You Tube so the world can share in the experience! 🙂

Also, please email me the link at electricslide2009@gmail.com . . . I would love to see them and share the link on this blog site.

Thanks so much everybody!  🙂

Peace,

Samantha Hill

Photo Credit:  Laurie Palmer

Video Credit: Gwenn-Aël LYNN

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Help me flood YouTube! The Family Reunion Collective Document

Hi Everybody!

I am looking for people to record The Family Reunion event with their personal camera or cell phone and post the video on YouTube. This will be a Collective Document of the Happening, which will give the Internet viewer an idea of the energy stimulated by the performance at Millennium Park.

I am looking for videos that represent your experience of the happening. The footage can consist of the performance, the audience reactions as well as your own personal response.

Here are some of my favorite camera/cellphone responses from Election Night. I hope they inspire you to come on by and contribute to the project!

Documenters, meet us at Cloud Gate on October 17th at 3:30 pm. Please upload the video as The Family Reunion Project or Electric Slide at Millennium Park. Thanks! 🙂

Obama Grant Park Live Reaction to CNN Projection that Democrats Win

Obama’s Elected! (Crowd reaction at Chicago Rally)

Barack Obama Election Night Chicago Rally — Front Row

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Frequently Asked Questions: Why Millennium Park?

Q: Why did you choose Millennium Park for this event? Election Night happened at Grant Park?

A: Good question . . . well, originally when I thought about this project I planned on having it at Grant Park, but the permits for an event of this size would have cost me over $2000. I am a (poor) graduate student and therefore I’m not eligible for grant funding. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs accepts proposals for artist projects like this one, which will supplement most of the costs.

Q: Why Cloud Gate (The Bean) as a site for this event?

A: Cloud Gate is one of America’s most photographed landmarks. Hundreds of people visit Cloud Gate a day . . . so if over 100 people dance the electric slide as a symbol of unity a few people will witness it and hopefully join in the fun!

Here are some of my favorite flicker pictures of families at Cloud Gate. Enjoy!

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/scotthorrigan/3619662578/

I love the title of this one . . . “okay, another one, but only because we are so cute”
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasmine/709673707/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/kedzior/3882855012/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/joseole/3855553121/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_ovaska/3704594741/

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Hello and Welcome to The Family Reunion!

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to the Family Reunion Project blog.

Project Description:

The Family Reunion Project is a Happening of approximately 100 to 300 people dancing the Electric Slide in Millennium Park at Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean”, to Stevie Wonder’s song, As (Always). The group should reflect the cultural diversity of Chicago’s population and the participants should be between the ages of ten to seventy years old.

I will stream the Happening live over the Internet on Ustream.tv to open up this event to a broader audience. The world was watching the events at Grant Park on Election Night with great enthusiasm. It is my hope this performance will stimulate the same enthusiasm within the Internet viewer and they will feel personally connected to the spirit of this event in Chicago.

The Event will occur on Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at 3:00pm. If you would like to learn the dance there will be free workshops which are open to the public. The Family Reunion Project is a collaboration between local artist Samantha Hill and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

This blog is a forum for ideas, information as well as inspirations connected to this project. Please come back often to experience all of the fun and feel free to leave comments. Thanks!

Thank you for your interest and I am looking forward to your participation. ☺

Samantha Hill

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