Subject vs. Content Statement:
I occupied a table with a poster titled, “GIVE ADVICE, GET CANDY,” attached to it. The words “give” and “get” were colored with a black permanent marker in large block letters while the words “advice” and “candy” were colored blue and red respectively. I stood by the table holding another poster board titled, “FREE CANDY! GIVE ADVICE” outlined with a red permanent marker in large block letters. On the table there was a container with a paper taped on it saying, “College Advice for Incoming Freshmen.” Next to it was a pile of index cards, pens, a bowl of Dum Dum lollipops and paper taped to the table explaining the purpose of the entire project: which was for people to write college advice for incoming freshmen. In return, they received lollipops as an incentive. The pile of advice collected would then go to my old high school’s guidance counselor for high school seniors to read.
One idea behind the performance was for high school seniors to receive advice and in a way, the personal opinions of people who experienced or are experiencing college. I think it provides those who read it a more intimate understanding of college life from their future peers. Also, a lot of the advice written are like unspoken words of the college experience. I wanted the audience to write anything they wanted. This way they had the freedom to speak on things that weren’t considered typical and generic tips.
A second idea behind the performance was to see the audience’s reaction behind an action that did not involve donating money, joining a group, or listening to someone selling an item. All they had to do was write some advice, regardless of the length, and actually receive something free in return. The reception was mixed: some walked on without a glance, others would look at the sign and keep walking, others would carefully read it and either keep walking or come over, two people actually tried to give me money thinking the table was a donation table; they most likely didn’t read the word “FREE” in the sign. Overall, I got the reception I wanted and received 44 notes of advice.