WHAT’S THE IDEA?
So, you’re probably wondering what my proposal is for this exciting project... Here it is:
 
WHAT
“MIND OVER MATTER”: A series of slogans relating to and including the word “Dover” to be written by unusual means by local Dover residents and people who work at the docks. The slogans could be composed in single posters to be reproduced in all formats (billboard size, A0 posters, postcards, etc.) for future use. Perhaps the final works would need to include the slogans written in normal type to assure readability.
 
IDEAS FOR SLOGANS:
 
MIND OVER MATTER
THE WORLD OVER
GET DOVER IT
NOT GLOSSED OVER
HAPPINESS SPILLED OVER
DOVER STRETCHED
NICELY HEALED OVER
 
WHO
I would like to stress that this is just an initial outline for the project and all details should evolve over the course of the realisation. I would personally undertake to find and contact four different groups of people in Dover and develop the work in collaboration with them. Once the slogans have been developed and approved by all relevant commissioning bodies (incl. Dover Pride), I would arrange action days with the groups to create the slogans.
 
  1. A group of approx. 10 children aged 4-10
  2. A group of approx. 10 dock workers
  3. An established local knitting circle
  4. A group of approx. 10 people aged 14-28 who ride BMX bikes and/ or skateboard
 
HOW
1. HAND WRITING: Children’s hands form the letters of a slogan and could be photographed individually (letter by letter). A composition of single images would then be created to make the complete sentence.
 
2. ROPE WRITING: Dock workers could be asked to write letters and words of the slogan using ropes at the docks on the tarmac. These letters and/ or words would then be photographed and a composition of the complete slogan made.
 
3. KNITTING LETTERS: A group of local knitters could be asked to knit individual letters that would be strung together to create the complete slogan, which would
then be photographed.
 
4. TYRE MARKS: A group of young BMXers and skateboarders could be asked to write letters in chalk (a layer of pulverised local chalk spread out on tarmac or grass) using their tyres or wheels to “etch” the chalk surface and reveal the dark tarmac underneath. These letters would then be photographed and a composition of the complete slogan made.
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