Wednesday, July 07, 2010

100 Days Project

One Hundred Days is a summer collaborative project put into motion by artist volunteers:

"The 100 Days Project gathers story writers, poets, painters, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, and programmers together for one hundred days of creative effort: a piece a day for 100 days. Each artist’s work will be unique yet build on the work of others in the collective. Here we make, remake, shape and reshape."

The main page 100 Days 2010 has all the feeds of the participants’ weblogs so that the updates are made and seen automatically. There is also a 100 Days group blog and a group page on Facebook. This year, the project runs from Saturday, May 22 until Sunday, August 29. This endeavor seems to be taking on status as a tradition and is open to all interested in taking part.

About 100 DaysThe history of 100 Days is pretty simple: the first One Hundred Days began as a collaboration between Carianne Mack Garside and Steve Ersinghaus that resulted in a pretty cool book available on Blurb and wildly fun gallery showing at Tunxis Community College. Garside painted a watercolor a day and Ersinghaus followed her painting with a poem interpreted from the painting. The joining was demanding, fun, a great opportunity to problem-solve.

The 2009 One Hundred saw a larger project, which began every day with a story written by Steve Ersinghaus and followed, this time, by Carianne Garside, as they decided to flip the 2008 procedure. They had fifteen other collaborators join in, from fiction writers, poets, photographers, designers, and programmers. That project can be found here: 100 Days Summer 2009.

For 2010, they’re continuing the tradition with John Timmons starting off the summer work with a short film. People who’d like to take part in One Hundred Days 2010 choose to develop a daily project that follows Timmon’s work or other work that develops from it. “We’d love to see how a larger body of work develops, like a massive root and plant system from either the films or other work that develops from the daily films.” In both years, self-constraint, like the confines of a sonnet, really opened up the flow.

Ersinghaus made some suggestions to help inspire the participants:
1. Follow the daily film, which will be available when the film maker uploads it his blog, and develop a work from it
2. Follow a person working with the film and develop a work from it, extending it, reshaping it in another form
3. Figure out a project and then work it back into the collective body of works in some way.

100 Day Links:
project main page: 100 Days 2010
group blog: 100 Days group blog


  1. Thank you for featuring this group, Dorothee. As you know, I've been keeping up on the sidelines with short stories and last year did the hypertexts. I'm sure they'll appreciate your bringing this project to the attention of your readers.

  2. Susan, and thanks to you for bringing this project to my attention - it's an amazing endevour, and i now consider the idea to join next year -- but creating something on a daily basis for 100 days is tough!