500 Artists Fill The Void – An Art Happening in Munich


I wrote about Luekenfuelle this week and emailed Luekenfuelle asking them when we could plan something for the space. The group responded by saying that Munich Artists could do something in the space before it closed in September but, they were not in the city so would not be available to support us in any way.   I quickly sent an email back saying I would fill the void both in time and space, with artists and that folks, was the end of my staycation.

The idea is to visual show how artists fill a void in a city with positive energy and creativity.  The “Artists” do not have to be professional artists and we will be asking the neighbourhood to join us in helping us fill the space with our balloons and positive energy.

The challenge?  This is the holiday season in Germany and most of the artists are in some other country baking on a beach or hiking a mountain.  I know this may be strange for Americans, but Munich does lose many of its residents during August when the public schools are on holiday.

On the 30th, I will be there early in the day blowing up balloons.  I want to fill the space with balloons and then the people will each pick a balloon and explain how they fill a void by writing it on the balloon. They can swap balloons or give them to people or take them home.   I was thinking of sticking them in the subway window at Odeonsplatz on August 30th because the space will be empty.

This idea for Fill a Void started on August 18th.  Today is August 19th and we have until August 30th to get everything in place.  Here is the Facebook Event Page where I will keep you updated.

Wish me luck in person or just by sending positive vibes to Munich.

A personal note: My mother is still incapacitated.  She has 24 hour care at home that the whole family is paying for because it isn’t covered by insurance.  Maybe this spurred the filling the void idea?  What happens when there is a big hole of nothing in your life?  For my mother, the family stepped in.  For Munich, hopefully the artists and Mingas will step into place.

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