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Art and Play at Bus Stops
 
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Art and Play at Bus Stops
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Create a space for art, reflection and play at any and every Anchorage bus stop. Reach out to local artists and anyone with a creative inclination or new idea and install them at our bus stops.

Let's use the pent-up creative energy of our community to transform boring, purely utilitarian places!
 

 
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Create a space for art, reflection and play at any and every Anchorage bus stop. Reach out to local artists and anyone with a creative inclination or new idea and install them at our bus stops.

Let's use the pent-up creative energy of our community to transform boring, purely utilitarian places!
 
 
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I'd like to see a friendly competition for all community members to contribute their projects. The emphasis should be on the depth or soulfulness of their idea, rather than skill or cleverness. At the same time, we must have minimum standards for quality, affordability and longevity.

Instead of the standard practice of awarding contracts and hiring contractors, I'd like to open the field for direct participation by everyone in building and maintaining the installations.
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Cooperation does not come from an individual’s decision. Instead, it emerges from a particular social interaction where the behavior of each individual depends on the decisions of the rest of the group: it’s a game where, from the start, you need to adjust to the actions of others. This surely is the main...'
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Cooperation does not come from an individual’s decision. Instead, it emerges from a particular social interaction where the behavior of each individual depends on the decisions of the rest of the group: it’s a game where, from the start, you need to adjust to the actions of others. This surely is the main challenge of both animal and human cooperation.

Here, a collective instrument made of 21 musical swings is put at the disposal of passers-by. It produces music, but be aware that some sounds only emerge from cooperation.

– From the Swings bus stop in Montreal, Canada

Promenade des Artistes
Quartier des Spectacles
Montreal

21 BALANCOIRES
An Exercise in Musical Cooperation

We are constantly researching new ways of interacting and stimulating public participation. Together with Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behavior professor, we explored the topic of cooperation which states that together we achieve better things than separately. We owe the musical interpretation of this playful experiment to composer Radwan Ghazi-Moumneh.

Cooperation is rare and the conditions of its existence are the subject of studies by researchers at UOAM’s faculty of Science.

Cooperation does not come from an individual’s decision. Instead, it emerges from a particular social interaction where the behavior of each individual depends on the decisions of the rest of the group: it’s a game where, from the start, you need to adjust to the actions of others. This surely is the main challenge of both animal and human cooperation.

Here, a collective instrument made of 21 musical swings is put at the disposal of passers-by. It produces music, but be aware that some sounds only emerge from cooperation.

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Install bus stop features
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Engage community members with the interest and skills to do the work needed to install each piece. The cost should be low, but we'll need a small budget of perhaps at least $200 per piece.
 
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Maintain bus stop installations
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Discuss methods to accomplish this. Maybe a small group of people could agree to maintain each piece.
 
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