by Kiel Torres
As we reach the end of July, summer becomes a time of doing and going: going to the pool, going for a hike, going to see friends, going to meetings, going to summer school, going somewhere and doing things before going someplace else. Sometimes we are too busy.
What happened to the days of going nowhere? What happened to the afternoons spent doing nothing?
On July 17th, The Græy, Satellite’s teen art group, donned their pajamas and sweatpants to stage an intervention that explored this concept. From 8:30AM until 8:30PM, members of Græy surrounded themselves with blankets, junk food, playing cards, and laptops to recreate the perfect lazy day behind Satellite’s window display space.
The public was invited to act in the piece by responding to the question “What Would You Do If You Had a Lazy Day?” Passersby wrote their plans for their ideal lazy day on Post-it notes before sticking them onto the glass. Although many people shared that they would enjoy a day of reading books cover to cover or go to the beach, the most popular responses were to sleep all day, eat food, and, in a classic Vancouver fashion, “smoke some weed”.
My personal favourite onlooker, who we have dubbed “sandwich guy”, was beckoned towards the window to some surprise. After we mimed instructions to him through the glass, he shoved an entire, well, sandwich into his pocket and proceeded to study what had previously been posted on the glass. After a minute or so of pondering, he scribbled a note on a Post-It, waved goodbye, and continued on with his evening. His message read: “Hanging out with all of you”.
Although the intervention was intended as a “tester” in preparation for an upcoming piece in the fall, I figure we received an equal number of confused double-takes and cold shoulders as we did keen participants.
As we near the end of this blog post, I hope you feel inclined to loosen up your tie, kick off your shoes and make a big cup of tea. Or maybe you just want to lie on your couch and catch up with Arrested Development on Netflix. Whatever you choose to do (or choose to not do), keep this in mind:
…wait, forget it, coming up with a philosophical conclusion to this post takes too much effort.