Pop The Big Question
Over the years men keep ‘popping the question’ to me. Their urgent request always comes down to the same subject, as if to them popping the question is a matter of life and death, namely, my interactive art installation, the Findfence.
The crucial question
The question they find so crucial to pop is simple: “Do people pin money to the Findfence?” This issue could be regarded as a social one, because women never feel the need to ask me this unsavoury follow-the-money question. A woman’s curiosity seems to be more imaginative and open-minded.
“On Saturday, I turned 31. Not a particularly momentous number. I wanted to do something a bit different with my day, so decided to celebrate by doing 31 random acts of kindness. Left a 2 euro coin on the Findfence (lost property) in the Park” writes Georgia in her blog. Just like Georgia, tourists often leave coins on the Findfence as some kind of good-luck charm, similar perhaps to throwing ‘lucky’ coins into fountains. Maybe they mean to express some kind of IRL supportive crowd funding gesture, towards the municipality, to maintain an art installation in public space that they are fond of?
They do, they do, they do
“Yes, they do!” is my answer to those curious men: see photo below, or watch this YouTube video, where two people stage a scene on the ‘big question’. One man finds a banknote and pins it – honestly – to the Findfence, whereas the other man steals it. Although the language of the video is Dutch, the nature of the action is universal.
50 euro Banknotes
Previous to these two filmmakers from Utrecht, a journalist had plotted a similar scenario in Z Magazine – de Amsterdamse straatkrant (the Amsterdam street newspaper). The zealous reporter tells the story of finding a 50 euro note, which he pins to the Findfence in the Vondelpark. When he returns the next day, he assumes that the rightful owner had found it there and taken it back. “This is the best proof of the social usefulness of the Findfence – helping each other out.”
More recently, a new game ‘popped up’ on Twitter called Hidden Cash: explanation on their Facebookpage: “An anonymous social experience for good Real Cash hidden,” Well, this only leaves me to tell you the standard question posed by children: “Do people pin mobile phones to your Findfence?!”
pop the question