Project Wall-to-Wall

Monday, January 05, 2009

To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how everything's supposed to work and eventually what it's actually going to look like - but if you're interested in getting involved in a project, checkout Project Wall-to-Wall, started by Karynn Ikeda, a student majoring in Modern Culture and Media down at Brown University because it sounds like it could be interesting if enough people can get behind it.

Here's some info from her site down at

I began Wall-to-Wall focused on this idea of Asian/Asian American community. When I began sharing the project with others in early December, I saw the project’s potential to reach out universally and speak to an audience beyond Asian America. At its core, Wall-to-Wall is an inquiry into how we as human beings conceptualize identity and community. It seeks to create a collective understanding of ourselves while still recognizing individual voices. It is premised on the questions of “Who are we?” and “Where do we belong?” Although I would like to honor the context from which this project arose, I am also present to the fact that I will only disserve the project by trying to limit it to a particular community.

The Project: I want an easy way for people to reflect on these questions and for these reflections to be available in a public form.

Part 1: online collaborative document. Create a Facebook group and ask people to respond to topics and questions on the wall. After a certain cut-off date, publish people’s responses in a physical form.

Part 2: offline bathroom installment. Cover the doors of bathroom stalls and other public places with paper, and invite people to write on them.

Part 3: public exhibition. Hold an event to showcase the Facebook wall and bathroom graffiti. Cover the walls of the event space with people’s responses.

This collective art project is meant to inspire people to think about the above questions, rather than to provide any definitive answers.

Timeline: Spring 2009.

Participatation: There are lots of easy ways to participate! Here’s a few:

- contribute your ideas and suggestions to improve the project
- tell your friends about the project
- brainstorm topics and questions for parts 1 and 2 of the project
- document the project with your camera
- design materials for print and web
- hang posters and advertise for project
- coordinate logistics
- recruit others to help with the project
- anything else you can think of!

If you would like to help, send an email to

You can also:

1. Join the facebook group.
2. Browse through past updates.
3. Subscribe to the blog.

Here she is talking about the project on YouTube.