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Missed Connections: A Traveling Exhibition

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  • The Missed Connections exhibition is a theoretical traveling exhibition that shares people’s ads from Craigslist Missed Connections. All of the ads range in emotion and are organized into four parts that symbolize the process of a failed relationship: quests, declarations, threats and apologies, and closure. The Missed Connections exhibition consists of ads that are found on Craigslist, written by different people residing in different cities in the United States. They are matched up with searched Google images that are tagged with a key word from an ad at random. Most images are irrelevant and have no direct visual connection to the searched word, thus resulting in an internal Missed Connection within a Missed Connection.

    The exhibition focuses primarily on the message of the Missed Connection and the date it was posted on Craigslist, not the individual or the locality. Although these Missed Connections are being exposed in a tangible way and potentially in a public place, the emotion behind the words don’t lose their value. They actually gain value when the element of Craigslist is removed completely. The words are taken in a different context and can be interpreted however the reader wants.

    Pieces for the exhibition consist of a 65 page catalog with essay, double sided mailer/poster, exhibition card/sticker, and a public transit campaign.

    Disclaimer: There is profanity. The Craigslist Missed Connections that are used are real.