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2. Kiran Max Weber

Fuck technology. When you want it to work it doesn’t. Maybe I should have paid a little more attention to what I was doing but whatever, the test worked on my computer, why wouldn’t it work on his? I wanted to do something slick for my Open Space entry. Moving. Different. Surprising. Sagmeister.

I’ve always wanted to do a project where I ask strangers or close friends and family random questions. Crazy ones. Personal ones. “Would you rather your child date a person of the same sex or opposite race? ” or “What’s your favorite position?” A sociological investigation of sorts for no other real reason than asking strangers crazy and personal questions. To see their reaction. To become instantly close, however superficial, to someone you just met two seconds ago. To become closer to someone that you’ve known all your life - from a different perspective.

So I threw 28 questions up on the web, fashioned together what I thought an HTML form was*, and shot an email to Stefan Sagmeister, to see if he’d be a part of my “Open Space.” The button worked on my computer that collected the answers and would place them in an email. Great I thought. Send.

A day or so later I received a response from Stefan. A surprisingly long email, very sincere, and he answered the questions! The button didn’t work. He tried three times, each time getting “a connection failure has occurred.” I should have tested my so called form on another computer. Fuck technology.

Everything happens for a reason, perhaps it made for two good spreads. A different perspective. I did three other spreads to round out my allotted five, combining adverts and such in a my scrapbook style. I always try and provide a social commentary within the composition. Images and type. Reality and fiction. Similarities and contrasts. I added some other modifications here and there. The page burning and an addition to the manifesto. Armin, Debbie, Graham, Thomas, and Fiona entry responses.

I hope I added some life and color that Armin wanted. I sent it off to Jason yesterday from SOHO. The departure location fit the project - collective creative people creating an overall vibe, a scene - something semi-permanent. Something smart like Speak Up. It’s in his hands now. Check out my entries here. Let us know what you think.

Click here to launch a new window and start with the first picture.

You can also download Open Space in its entirety via a PDF [3.2 Mb] with the latest additions to it.

* UPDATE: The 28 questions are now working, please take a moment to answer them, and we are in the process of figuring out how to make your responses public.

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.22.2003 BY Speak Up
graham’s comment is:

1) apple.
2) no.
3) eaten.
4) no. no.
5) bad.
6) million to my family, million to my friends.
7) time. most noble sacrifice ever in history.
8) a rock star. who's in movies.
9) don't mind.
10) 'prison' should entirely consist of community labour.
11) no.
12) direct a feature film. go on holiday.
13) yes.
14) yes.
15) city loft.
16) errr... don't know the difference (u.s. terms). i think pro-choice.
17) no.
18) one of my kids.
19) good.
20) yes.
21) time of the gypsies.
22) fear.
23) yes.
24) no.
25) not sell, give up.
26) now.
27) yes.
28) yes.

sorry kiran, it's arrogant of me, but the questions are too good not to have a go at. the work is beautiful.



On Aug.22.2003 at 08:47 PM
joy olivia’s comment is:

I second that, Graham. Props to Mr. Weber! This second contribution is really setting the bar high for the rest of us. And making me anxious to see what is done next.

If anyone didn't get a chance to sign-up but would like to help me fill-out my pages when the journal reaches me for my turn, let me know. I would be glad to share some of my "Open Space" like Armin has done.

On Aug.22.2003 at 08:51 PM
Tan’s comment is:

gorgeous...just gorgeous Kiran.

this book is amazing already.

On Aug.22.2003 at 08:57 PM
brook’s comment is:

very very nice, kiran. but just to let you know, i might dip your pages in my toilet once i get it. or you'll make us all look bad.

On Aug.22.2003 at 10:06 PM
Jlee’s comment is:

Got the journal just an hour ago (ahhh...the miracle of FedEx). Time to get to work.

On Aug.22.2003 at 10:21 PM
jes�s’s comment is:

According to the schedule I have to wait till next year to get my hands on the book... And, to make things worse, you guys are already doing amazing work on it!

I think I need drugs or something...

On Aug.22.2003 at 10:27 PM
rebecca’s comment is:

Kiran, bravo! It's just beautiful. I can't wait to see this thing in person (which I will, thanks to J.O.'s generosity)!

On Aug.22.2003 at 10:36 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Yes, definitely a great job that Kiran did. And now for your pleasure, here are the 28 questions in form, um, form. We are still trying to figure out a way to show the responses. We will.

On Aug.22.2003 at 10:38 PM
jonsel’s comment is:

Can't wait to read everyone's answers. Nice job, Kiran.

On Aug.22.2003 at 11:03 PM
eric’s comment is:

kiran, way to set the bar so high! congratulations on an excellent job.

On Aug.23.2003 at 09:25 PM
debbie millman’s comment is:

so so so beautiful, Kiran. What an inspiration.

On Aug.24.2003 at 01:39 AM
Tan’s comment is:

what's up with everyone wanting to get eaten by sharks instead of burning to death? Are you guys fucking insane??!!

How sucky would it be to see your limbs torn from your body as you slowly drown screaming in pain. Now, doesn't it seem easier just to fall asleep and die as your body is wrapped in a warm embrace of a fiery death? Thought so.

And how could so many choose a city loft over a tropical island beach house? Guess I'm never inviting any of you to my vacation house on Maui. Jeesh.

On Aug.25.2003 at 06:44 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

sorry kiran, it's arrogant of me, but the questions are too good not to have a go at. the work is beautiful.

Props to Mr. Weber!

gorgeous...just gorgeous Kiran.

i might dip your pages in my toilet once i get it.

Kiran, bravo! It's just beautiful.

Yes, definitely a great job that Kiran did.

Nice job, Kiran.

kiran, way to set the bar so high! congratulations on an excellent job.

so so so beautiful, Kiran. What an inspiration.

Thank you Graham and all of you, I appreciate the kind words. Much respect. It's great that the questions were apparently that intriguing that Armin decided to post them. Great that Stefan answered after all.

what's up with everyone wanting to get eaten by sharks instead of burning to death?

Right Tan, burn me the fuck up! There is no way in hell I'm gonna flail around and watch and feel my limbs being torn off. The stank of blood and salt and teeth against bone. No way sir. And after you so scientifically defended the charing, I definitely choose that route. 12 seconds will go quick, a feast will take forever. Fiery death for me.

And how could so many choose a city loft over a tropical island beach house? Guess I'm never inviting any of you to my vacation house on Maui. Jeesh.

Yeah lot's of people took the city loft, I wasn't that surprised. I guess it's the internet connection. And people. Many people wanted all three too. I'll go to Maui Tan, but only if you have a Mini Cooper at my disposal.

I should answer the questions too. I really can't wait what the rest of the participants come up with. Thanks again for the kind words y'all.

On Aug.25.2003 at 05:21 PM
jonsel’s comment is:

Let's start seeing some of those answers!

On Aug.25.2003 at 06:01 PM
jonsel’s comment is:

Are we due for a new section soon?

On Sep.11.2003 at 04:02 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Yeah, soon Jonsel!

On Sep.16.2003 at 09:42 PM
Dave2’s comment is:

At first, I only wanted to see what Sagmeister put (I, too, am a huge fan, though I haven't been fortunate enough to see/hear him), but after reading several others I began to get the feeling that I was getting to know some of these people…well sortta in a weird, distorted, computer-world, sitting in my room at 2 am writing about this stuff sortta way. But that's whole other topic.

Anyway, I loved reading these stranger's responses, because it offers me a sneak preview into their psyche. For a brief moment I'm allowed into Sagmeister, and other's, friend zone, where I have access to their personal answers to these provacative questions. It's great reading this stuff, because you get a flavor of the person's personality by the style in which people answer. Some become larger than life as they try to out-wit the post before them. (Are people naturally witty or do they have to try and put a lot of effort into it…do people practice being witty? Do they re-write their witty remarks to get them absolutely perfect…to seem spontaneous?) Others are straight forward and direct to the point, not spending their precious time fluffing the answers for the reader's pleasure.

Anyway, I think it occomplished your goal of stirring up some shit with random strangers, or friends of yours, so cheers to you! I seem to find interesting topics and discussions with every new page I go to here, so keep up the good work. And thank you all for being huge design junkies like me…I'm relatively new to dsign (a recent graduate) and have a long life of coping with my design addiction, so it's nice to know there are others out there just like me.

Take care and good morning…I'm going to bed…

p.s. This is my first post…ever…, which means I'm a blog virgin so please be gentle…thanks.

On Sep.17.2003 at 10:54 AM
vos b.’s comment is:

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On Nov.11.2003 at 04:47 PM