I am sending this ACP to my best friend who I made while studying abroad in Italy. She was an au-pair in Florence while I was living there, but is originally from Valencia, Spain. She and I send little ACPs to each other all the time, and I think the physical act of gathering and making art and presents for somebody special is really cathartic.
1.How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
Whenever you send someone a Snapchat, it should be personal to them (hopefully.) No one likes getting a Snapchat that you’ve put on your story because it means it was generic enough for you to share it with everyone. An ACP should be personalized and individual to that person— or it never should have been sent. Everyone wants to feel special and like you were thinking about them.
2.How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
Snapchats only last up to 10 seconds, but an ACP is tangible and can be cherished forever.
3.What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?
An ephemera is defined as “things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.” I think their worth is particular to each individual and varies. What someone sees as trash could be very sentimental to another person. I believe that the cultural objects we have in our lifetime gain value throughout time. The rocks from the cave, for example in the video we watched before have only increased in value. I’m nostalgic about anything and everything, so a parking ticket my grandmother got would make me feel emotionally, therefore I would keep it. I’m sure my kids would feel the same if I gave them something I wore from a concert like Coachella (or at least I hope they’d react that way.)
4.Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?
The difference between these two “art pieces” is the fact that one is published for the public to see, while the other is personal.
5.You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?
Sending this particular package to my friend in Spain takes weeks, not days. This time I took to compile everything and send it to her, the time it takes to get to her, and the sentimental value these tangible objects hold are so much more special than a picture sent through the internet that lasts 10 seconds. It is so much more gratifying to have presents to put on your wall and cherish, rather than something that eventually goes away.
6.People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?
Although it’s not done quite as frequently, meals can be made quickly and still with love. A grilled cheese or a pb and j made by a grandma or mom are made with so much love. With an ACP, these objects can mean so much to that one person, and they can tell you made it with love.