The Welcoming is a greeting ceremony for people arriving at the Borderland, marking a transition point between the default world and The Borderland.
After a long journey you arrive at the gateway to the Borderland, a painted wall, glowing in the early evening light, this is the last thing that separates you from arriving home. A soft voice calls you forward, “please ring the bell”. As the wall comes to life a painted figure shifts slightly, blending in and out of the wall, sweeping their arm around to present you with a tiny golden bell. With a ring the wall separates, and you are greeted by the sight of two golden skinned guardians beckoning you onwards, they caress you softly, removing your heavy bags, and embrace you. A shrill whistle blows! A man in a suit aggressively waves a clipboard in your direction, proclaiming he’s the Chief Inspector, checking you over, behind your ears, muttering under his breath about regulations. A mermaid calls to you, trying to tempt you over to her, a chanting starts low and rises in volume, “we are love, you are love”, a pilot for QuantumQuarry Airlines points to her bespoke glowing aircraft, she is departing soon, would you like to come for a ride?
The welcoming is a greeting ceremony for people arriving at the Borderland. Marking a transition point between the default world and The Borderland, a line in the sand, a point of (almost) no return, an intention to leave behind the worries and fears of the default world and to embrace the Borderland, to make physically, mentally and emotionally the border between dreams and reality.
To greet people arriving at the Borderland.
To make a physical art border (in the form of a gate, an arch or such forth,)
To create a circus/theatre of performance, self-expression and participation.
To embrace madness, the feeling that anything could happen.
There are two elements to The Welcoming.
1. The construction of a physical structure (a GATE) to separate the default world with the Borderland.
2. A performance of the GREETERS.
The gate should be an interactive structure, greeters should be able to climb and peer over the top of it, make it part of a performance, and have lighting for the evenings. It must allow for access by cars and lorries.
I imagine co-creating the roles of the greeters, encouraging self-expression, so that greeters come for their shift at the greeting station as a character, a role that they want to portray, or as themselves. Wild, crazy characters (or not) that I can’t even imagine, and welcome the arrivals in their own special way.
Bob Speakman and Nina Lindberg, The Port.
Bob Speakman and Nina Lindberg and the Nomadic Hell's Angels as support.
We are excited to create a collaborative and interactive dream to the Borderland.
In order to greet the the largest numbers of people I would like to have all structures in place by Saturday night and be ready to greet on Sunday Morning. The greeters would run all day (or for e.g. 9 to 9), on Sunday and Monday, there will be a sign-up sheet to distribute shifts (or some system).
Someone may co-create an introduction to the principles in their welcoming ceremony, spreading the knowledge of Moop. The dream will happen mostly in daylight hours, with borderlings in a sober mood, I will encourage regular screams of "MOOP" if any moop is found.
I am still working out a budget for the dream.
We need funding to create a structure for the gate, which will probably be fabricated in Stockholm and thus transportation costs.
We need other Borderlings to create with us!
sign up to be a Greeter here:
Join us in the facebook group here to co-create this dream together:
Check out the main document for this project here:
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