Razin Rubin

Site Project

Our idea was to try and know what people wish for today. Are people materialistic or spiritual? How wishes differentiate with gender and age. Does class difference play a role in people’s wishes as well?

We are working in a group of two for this project, initially we placed boxes which said “POST YOUR WISH” at various locations (Clifton: a beauty parlor, IVS, Dolmen Mall, and Qayyumabad: church, Saddar). We noticed that people weren’t really responding to it, so we started going up to them asking them to write down their wish and put it in the box.

This process leads us to a different experience. Females responded more as compared to males and there were vast differences in their wishes. Females mostly wished for the well-being and health of their families, their wishes were more emotionally connected. Whereas majority of males wished for money/material. We had various experiences with everyone whom we asked to post a wish, some had no wishes, some were too shy to express, some didn’t want to share, and there were a few who thought we would make fun of them. What surprised me was that majority of them asked a similar question that was “Are you going to grant them?”

We went through all the wishes that had been collected ( 150 till today) and further divided them into categories from most common to least, these categories included  people, money/material, family, mate acquisition, peace, occupational, travel, religious.

People/family-these wishes included desire to talk or to be with people not available due to death or various seperations.Happiness of others, well-being of children.family 1family

Money/material-these wishes included desire for wealth.material

Skills/power- these wishes included desires for various abilities.

Mate acquisition-finding a wife or husband, love.mate

Success/occupation-wishes included success in exams, jobs, career, and desire to come in a particular profession.succ3

Health-desire for personal health, weight reduction, health of others.health

Travel-to travel the world.

Peace/political: peace in country, peace of mind.peace

Good care of pets, like: dogs.  dog

There are further classifications done as well in relation to age and gender where as we are still debating on the fact that if class differences play a role in wishes.

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Rough draft for final essay

Post Your Wishes…

Andrea and I were doing the same project together. In the beginning we decided to do something else but later, we found out that somebody from our class was already doing the same thing we were doing, so we decided to completely change our concept and do something else. After that we came up with another idea, to collect wishes from different classes and background. We already knew that this (wishes) concept has already done in the past by several people around the world, so we made a decision to do it from our perspective. In starting we were a bit doubtful about people that whether they will write their wishes or not? How will they respond? What will be their reaction? Keeping all these questions in our mind we began our site project. We made two boxes and on top of each box we wrote “Post your wishes” and took colorful post-its and place them right next to the box. An hour later we realized that nobody has even bothered to post anything inside the box, even the post-its and pen were lying there just like the way we left them. We tested this first at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, just to know the response of the people passing by. So, we got a zero respond from the people of our school. Our initial idea was to place a box in Saddar like Empress Market, in a Beauty Parlor, in a Church, Mall, Residential Areas, and at School, and we will let people post their wishes. And after collecting their wishes our plan was, in the end to hang all the wishes on an old tree in Saddar. But our family never agreed, so we decided to reject the tree idea and simply just collect the wishes.

Writing something can set a person free from all of his desires, anger, trauma, etc. It helps to release all the tension, stress, anger, moreover it makes a person relaxed and light weighted. Andrea and I divided the work in two. We decided to go through about six different areas, thus we made a decision that Andrea will cover two areas on her own (Beauty Parlor and her Residential Building) and I will cover another two (Church and my Residential building) and the rest of the two places (Mall and School) we will go their together. Our location was Beauty Parlor in Saddar, Cantt area, Qayyumabad Church, Clifton Block 7, Dolmen Mall Clifton and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, we also wanted to go to the Mosque but unfortunately we couldn’t get the permission. We simply got to the site and placed the box then we gave post-it to the people around us, asked them to write their wish on the paper and post it inside the box. It worked out so well people performed nicely. After receiving all wishes we assumed that we will be able to see the class difference so easily, but then as soon as we unfolded all the wishes we found no difference. All the difference we found was the “age” difference. Kids wished for bicycle, doll house, good grades in exams, etc. whereas teenagers and youth mostly wished for their bright future and money. Old people wished for their good health and children. Lower class, middle class, and upper class mothers, they all wished for good health of their children and husband. We received various comments during our project most of the people said, “This activity has released all the stress and tension”. One old lady said, “I wish through you girls all our wishes come true”.

I was researching on wishing assignment before writing this essay, I found out the similar public art we wanted to do (hang all the wishes on an old tree).

Yoko Ono, the very familiar person in the world, wife of the legend John Lennon. In 1996 she made a wishing tower which she named “Wish Tree”; she got this inspiration from her childhood memories.

“As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin
paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always
filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.”

She further speaks about her work that she got this idea after Lennon’s death in 1981.

“Every piece of paper has a wish on it, I don’t read it, and all of them will be put in one big tower of a sculpture, like a totem. It will be a very powerful sculpture… a tower which contains wishes of the people of the world of our time, all in one tower!”

Yoko Ono: “All My Works Are A Form Of Wishing”.

We wanted to do just what Ono did when we first decided to hang all the wishes on a tree. All that we desired to show that how powerful this tree (which we were going to use) is. First it’s an old tree, second when we will hang all the wishes it will become more powerful. Also, when the entire wishes combine together it will take a new form and then we will be able to show how ordinary people can make an old thing new and beautiful just through their wishes.

Through this assignment what I learn is, it’s not always the same what we think it is, because we thought we will be able to show the class difference so easily, but what we found that all the people around the world, whether a person is rich or poor, educated or dumb, they all wish the same.

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Final Essay

Post Your Wishes…

Andrea and I were doing the same project together. In the beginning we decided to do something else but later, we found out that somebody from our class was already doing the same thing we were doing, so we decided to completely change our concept and do something else. After that we came up with another idea, to collect wishes from different classes and background. We already knew that this (wishes) concept has already done in past by several people around the world, so we made a decision to do it from our perspective. In starting we were a bit doubtful about people that whether they will write their wishes or not? How will they respond? What will be their reaction? Keeping all these questions in our mind we began our site project. We made two boxes and on top of each box we wrote “Post your wishes” and took colorful post-its and place them right next to the box. An hour later we realized that nobody has even bothered to post anything inside the box, even the post-its and pen were lying there just like the way we left them. We tested this first at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, just to know the response of the people passing by. So, we got a zero respond from the people of our school. Our initial idea was to place a box in Saddar like Empress Market, in a Beauty Parlor, in a Church, Mall, Residential Areas, and at School, and we will let people post their wishes. And after collecting their wishes our plan was, in the end to hang all the wishes on an old tree in Saddar. But our family never agreed, so we decided to reject the tree idea and simply just collect the wishes.

Writing something can set a person free from all of his desires, anger, trauma, etc. It helps to release all the tension, stress, anger, moreover it makes a person relaxed and light weighted. Andrea and I divided the work in two. We decided to go through about six different areas, thus we made a decision that Andrea will cover two areas on her own (Beauty Parlor and her Residential Building) and I will cover another two (Church and my Residential building) and the rest of the two places (Mall and School) we will go their together. Our location was Beauty Parlor in Saddar, Cantt area, Qayyumabad Church, Clifton Block 7, Dolmen Mall Clifton and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, we also wanted to go to the Mosque but unfortunately we couldn’t get the permission. We simply got to the site and placed the box then we gave post-it to the people around us, asked them to write their wish on a post-it, and post it inside the box. It worked out so well people performed nicely. After receiving all the wishes we assumed that we will be able to see the class difference so easily, but then as soon as we unfolded all the wishes we found no difference. All the difference we find was the “age” difference. Kids wished for bicycle, doll house, good grades in exams, etc. whereas teenagers and youth mostly wished for their bright future and money. Old people wished for their good health and children. Lower class, middle class, and upper class mothers, they all wished for good health of their husband and children. We received various comments during our project most of the people said, “This activity has released all the stress and tension”. One old lady said, “I wish through you girls all our wishes come true”. “All the wishes that you have collected so far, brings peace and joy and prosperity in our country” (another lady from Church).

I was doing the research on wishing assignment before writing this essay, I found out the similar public art we wanted to do (hang all the wishes on an old tree).

In 1996 Yoko Ono[1] made a wishing tower which she named “Wish Tree”; she got this inspiration from her childhood memories. Her work and inspiration is related to the tree concept we have seen at Mazaars in Pakistan.yokotree

“As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin
paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always
filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.” (Ono, Yoko, 1996)

She further speaks about her work that she got this idea after her husband’s death in 1981. She said that every time she collects the wishes she never read them, but she hangs all the wishes that she has collected so far on a tree.

“…It will be a very powerful sculpture… a tower which contains wishes of the people of the world of our time, all in one tower…All My Works Are a Form of Wishing”. (Ono, Yoko, 1996)wtf

All that we desired to show that how powerful this tree (which we were going to use) is. First it’s an old tree, second when we will hang all the wishes it will become more powerful. Also, when the entire wishes combine together it will take a new form and then we will be able to show how ordinary people can make an old thing new and beautiful just through their wishes.

Ono’s work is related to what we were going to do in the beginning, though we have changed the tree concept but it still connects with our site project. Simply, Ono said that “all my works are a form of wishing”. Our project was all about wishing and by collecting all the wishes our project took a new form and become more influential and prevailing. By the time we collected the wishes the ordinary average box took a new shape and become a powerful wishing box. Most of the people thought by posting their wishes in the box will make a change in their life and all their wishes and dreams will come true. Similarly in Ono’s wishing project, wishes are making her work more powerful and creative and people are doing it for the same reason that by hanging the wishes, their wish will come true.

Through this assignment what I learn is, it’s not always the same what we think it is, because we thought we will be able to show the class difference so easily, but what we found that all the people around the world, whether a person is rich or poor, educated or dumb, they all wish the same.

Bibliography:

http://imaginepeacetower.com/yoko-onos-wish-trees

[1] Yoko Ono is a Japanese artist. She is the wife of the legend John Lennon “The Beatles”. She is also known for multimedia artist, music/ singer, peace activist,and filmmaking, and her work in avant-garde art.

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