Upon viewing “The 1,000 Journals Project” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, I thought of chickens and eggs.
Launched by San Francisco graphic designer Brian Singer in 2000, the project sent out one thousand, 220-page blank notebooks across 40 countries and all 50 states with the intention of fostering a global creative community among strangers. Each notebook came stamped with a set of instructions, inviting participants to add whatever they wanted to its pages and then to pass it on.
Ten years later, the journals have struck a chord. It seems that in the epoch of user-generated content sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Current TV, The 1,000 Journals Project resonates. An interactive website has been launched, where anyone can create, browse, scan and upload new journals. In this manner over 3,666 diaries have been created — both online and off. In 2007, the project was the subject of a feature length documentary, which screened at film festivals around the globe. And in 2010 it debuted in a renowned museum in America’s second largest metropolis, where 15 of the original journals are on view until February 2011.
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