It sounds a bit Matrix-y but it's much cooler.
In its own words: "Real is a network, but not a social network. A physical network. When we talk about post, we don't want you to click a submit button or hit enter, we want you to lick a stamp and pop something in an envelope. Why? Because real things are so much more wonderful. We've found ourselves in a world where the only memories of holidays are digital photos and 140 character updates from the beach. What happened to bringing back shells from the rock pools, or saving the beer mat from THAT bar? Real objects have the smells, textures, tastes and sounds that bring our world to life. Let's cherish them, and remember their value."
Well, obviously I was sold! I was asked to be one of the founding members of this project, which was rather nice - I think they'd seen my Project Life and realised what a complete HOARDER I am. The 50 people taking part (there are still spaces I believe so get in touch with them!) are from marketing, publishing and art backgrounds, all sending through lovely bits of ephemera from their everyday lives. It launches on Thursday and you can follow its progress at www.welcometoreal.com and @welovereal. The Real network will be showcased from now until 27 July 2012 at ROA Gallery, London. My plot is number 007. Yup, how perfect is that?!
A glimpse into my first exhibits:
I'll be as intrigued as you to see how this unfolds.