The Globalization of Creativity

January 25, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 While technology makes it easier to connect with people around the world, it can never replace the need for shared human connection. Two examples of this are
Before I Die and
Play Me, I’m Yours. Each began as local creative projects that have evolved into global spectacles, all while bringing together strangers along the way.
Before I Die In 2011, Artist
Candy Chang lost a loved one and wanted a way to express her feelings, while remaining anonymous. So, she found an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood and used chalkboard paint to create a 41’ x 8’ space filled with the sentence: ‘Before I die I want to _________.’ Anyone walking by could finish the sentence with their aspirations. Soon, the wall was full of responses and Chang realized she was not the only person trying to make sense of life and its circumstances. Now five years later, this cathartic experience has led to
over 1,000 Before I Die walls in more than
70 countries and in over 35 languages. Check out Before I Die on
Instagram, and
Twitter. Learn how to create a wall in your city
here and read Chang’s all-time favorite responses
Play Me, I’m Yours It is hard to resist playing a piano—especially when it’s sitting in an open public space with a sign encouraging, ‘Play me, I’m yours.’ During his usual
weekly visit to a Laundromat, British artist
Luke Jerram realized he saw the same people week after week and knew nothing about them because they never talked to each other. So, he added a piano as a catalyst for conversation and as a way to change the dynamic of the space. Eight years later,
Play Me, I’m Yours has reached over 10 million people worldwide, with more than 1,500 pianos installed in public spaces in nearly 50 cities.
‘Play’ in
Hong Kong (through the end of January),
Mesa, Arizona (end of February to the beginning of April),
Singapore (March), and
Florence, South Carolina (April). Follow
Play Me, I’m Yours on
Facebook and
Twitter. Tell us in the comments if you’ve seen either project where you live. Photo via:
The Contemporary Austin