Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Do It. The 1000 Journals Project at the Skirball.

Who hasn't ever wanted to read someone else's diary? A journal can be the most honest and revealing portrait of one's self, a keeper of secrets and unexpressed thoughts, a trough of memories.

You may not know any of the people who have contributed to the 1000 Journals Project, but their revealed diaries are still highly intriguing, and they may even touch you emotionally -- making you laugh or cry. The project began with a San Francisco designer named Brian Singer, who sent out 1000 journals all over the world, asking people to contribute whatever they wanted to the blank pages and covers. Then they were asked to pass that journal on to someone else, and the process was repeated over and over. The website now tries to keep track of all the journals, and posts images of people's works.

It's definitely a website to bookmark and follow, as more and more journal pages get posted. But it won't really be the same as actually seeing one of these journals in real life, seeing how people decorated the pages and what the journals have become. So head on over to the Skirball, where 12 of the original journals are on display. It's also an interactive feature where you might be able to contribute your own page and continue on in this fun, imaginative experiment.

For more information on The 1000 Journals Project, click here. The exhibit will be on view until Feb. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center, located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in West L.A.

-- Chau Tu

Image credit: Courtesy of The 1000 Journals Project

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