Fill The Void – August 30, 2016


My 1k balloons arrived.  Look how cool they are.  On Tuesday August 30th, I will be blowing up 1k balloons and filling the void located at Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse (A corner lot that will be a construction site starting in September 2016.)  Blowing up the balloons and placing them in the location will take about four hours but I’m going to start at 1300 so that I have plenty of time before I’ve asked people to come and take a balloon and get their portrait filling the void.

The installation/ art happening is called Fill the void and I’m asking people to come and share how they fill the void.   They can interpret that anyway they want.    I will photograph them with a balloon and if they share with me how they fill the void, I will photograph them with that notecard too so that I can keep track of the person and the void they fill.  I will be videotaping the process and the end result but I will be photographing the people because I’m one person.

The balloons are blue.

Why did I pick blue?   The artwork created by HNRX is red and looks kind of like a shrimp so my balloons will be the waves of a sea underneath.  Waves of change.  Waves of enlightenment. Waves of tired Mingas ready to relax and have a beer.

Blue has so many symbolic meanings which can also be associated with the project but I wanted to let you know that I picked blue because of water and waves and the serene feeling blue gives me.  I also want to give Maxvorstadt a big dose of blue colour therapy too.

If you want to join me, I will be blowing up balloons most of the afternoon. If you want to participate, you are welcome to come at 1900 on August 30th to the corner or Schleissheimerstrasse and Rottmannstrasse, Munich Germany (Near Stiglmaierplatz)


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.