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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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Project Inspiration

The Family Reunion is a Happening inspired by the events which occurred in Grant Park on Election Night. The people in attendance were filled with hope in their hearts for change. Many bonding moments occurred in the park, which unified the group into a community. We entered the park as strangers and left with the same connection of being witnesses to history. I would like to recreated this experience by initiating a Happening in Millennium Park, which would be a gesture commemorating the spirit of this historic moment.

The Cloud Gate in Millennium Park is one of the most photographed landmarks in the United States. It is considered a Chicago icon and attracts visitors from around the world. This location is essential to the performance because the public will witness this symbolic act of unity from Chicago residents while visiting this famous work of art.

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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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