Project Any True Meaning - Art for understanding consent

Project Any True Meaning

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  • Summary

    The purpose of Project Any True Meaning is to create understanding and interactivity related to the concept of consent. The art, which consists of an ATM kiosk that prints “consent poetry” is intended to encourage others to define consent.

    Full description of yer concept

    A portable ATM kiosk will be created to allow participants to deposit and withdraw poetry containing the question, "May I (verb/action phrase) you?" using an interactive application. Each participant is encouraged to share his or her poem with a recipient who can choose to grant consent to perform the verb or action phrase. The poetry creation and sharing aspects of Project ATM provide interactivity with the art piece.

    Software Application
    Project Any True Meaning can take many forms. One version includes a software application that allows users to create poetry with a syntax similar to the classic love poem:
    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Sugar is sweet
    And so are you.

    Project ATM’s Version 3 (v3) software application allows the replacement of nouns and adjectives within the first three lines of a similarly structured “consent poem”. The ATM's user interface prompts the user to fill in verb/action phrase to complete the fourth line of the poem modified into the question, "May I _____ you?" .
    [Flowers] are [color]
    [Flowers] are of a [color] hue
    [Dessert] is sweet
    May I [verb / action phrase] you?

    Project ATM intends to purchase a tablet computer to display the Version 3 software application. The tablet computer will connect to a thermal printer, which will enable poems to be printed on receipt paper. The following elements are examples that may be added to Project ATM as resources and funding are accrued:
    Repurposed Devices & Materials
    An objective of Project ATM is to continue repurposing technology and materials to satisfy a concept of sustainable design. The version of Project ATM created in 2016 was made from a repurposed Triton brand Automatic Teller Machine. As an alternative, repurposed wood and/or plastic may be used to construct a portable kiosk for the ATM. Project ATM’s art leads will query Facebook groups and marketplaces to find used devices and materials.
    Solar Power
    Project Any True Meaning intends to make use of renewable energy sources for its operation. Pending funding, the 2018 design will integrate solar panels and/or other renewable energy options as electricity sources.
    Language Translation
    While the primary language for Project Any True Meaning will be in English, the application may be translated into multiple languages. Language selection options will be added to the interface as translations are provided and software development time permits.

    About the crew / artist

    Project ATM's collective began in Austin, Texas, USA as a collaboration between a software engineer (Justin Sparkles), graphic designer (Emily Sparkles), creative writer (Angie Epley), and other members of Serious Camp. The project is being perpetuated by collaborators located in Austin (Dale Whistler), Amsterdam (Daniel Hengeveld, Julian Gruin, Laura ter Maten, and Martin van Hooff), London (Ana João), and other parts of the world.

    How can other Borderlings co-create with you?

    Flowers, colors, desserts, and verbs/action phrases will be sourced from members of various Facebook Events and Groups including but not limited to:
    Nowhere/Euroburners, Netherlands Burner Community, Burning Nest, Burning Man Boston, Burners Burning and Flipside Flipizens.
    Words (flowers, colors, desserts, and verbs/action phrases) gathered from Facebook users will be stored in a database and used for creating consent poems. Once a poem is created by a user of Project ATM’s software application, the poem shall be stored in a database containing consent poems.

    In addition to poetry database contributions, Project ATM is seeking software developers who can help make improvements to the ATM's User Interface. We can offer access to our GitHub site and Google Drive. Electrical engineering and construction help may also be needed in the Amsterdam area. Please contact Laura ter Maten for additional details (

    We are working with burners across many countries to develop the design for the ATM kiosk and Version 3 software, which will enable printing of consent poems. It is important to note that Project ATM will be building two ATM kiosks within Europe for testing the design. One ATM kiosk will be displayed at Where the Sheep Sleep as required by the ArtJump grant awarded by Burning Man Netherlands, and we intend to take a second ATM kiosk to The Borderland.

    To reduce costs and increase the sustainability of the project, we are seeking pre-owned devices (tablet, printer, car batteries, solar panels) and repurposed materials for this project through various marketplaces and Facebook groups.

    What is this?

    Hey friend! Welcome to the virtual drawing board of The Borderland. This is the place where we prototype the projects we'll realise during the week in the quarry.

    Dream crew




    • Do you need electricity from the grid? How much in Watts? Nope, solar panel and car batteries

    • Will there be light? yes LEDS!

    • Will anything BURN? can not think of any now

    • What is your audio footprint? maybe a small noise from the printer and the interaction with people

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