A Collection of City Thoughts

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Confessions Underground in the Press

On Friday an article came out about us in the Toronto Star, which set off a bit of a media frenzy surrounding our Confessions Underground project. By the end of day, John had given three radio interviews, and over 3000 people had viewed our Confessions Underground video trailer. It was exciting, but overwhelming and stressful. Today alone, John has given two television interviews, with more scheduled for the week, including one with the SPACE channel. Space? Don't ask. I'm pushing all PR duties on him because I seriously hate this stuff --- which I feel awful for --- but I know, in this case at least, John's better suited. He's less emotional, less attached, more sensible about it all. Somehow I am carrying the weight of all these confessors' secrets I've encountered on the street; I know I have to let them go.

The good thing, though, is that people are genuinely talking about this project: inane morning show hosts, reporters on the 6pm news, families over the dinner table. People are genuinely debating the merits of this project, which I think is an important thing to consider. Ultimately, we're prompting people to think about their own boundaries, about public space, and the purpose of art in general. What's crazy is that the project  hasn't even launched yet.

I'm excited to see what happens next when these videos of ours, that we've compiled with sensitivity and care, are finally out in the world.