The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

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The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by vargaso » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:50 am

I haven't been the past couple years, but even way back in 2012, the turn-key thing was getting pretty substantial. From what I've gathered about this year, it's a full-blown phenomena with it's own street, practically. K Street of course. While my, and seemingly everyone's, first reaction is to shake my fist at it, a better response would be to engage these types of camps with some good ol' Cacophony-like activity. Maybe this has already been done, I don't know. But what I propose is the Turn-Key Engagement Project. We drop in on these camps and provide a little theater. Make an art project out of drawing these people out of their expensive cocoons. Gently satirize their exclusivity. Off the top of my head, something like:
  • Cheap-ass caterers - show up dressed as caterers, serve them cheap stuff like weenies and Tecate
    BRC Luxury tax collectors - First Camp A/C don't come for free, you know
    Mock(?) protests
    Show up as unemployed manservents/maids looking for work
    People with small art cars, pretend to be their chauffeur out to the playa
    Set up a velvet rope outside a camp and have a guy in a suit with an earpiece be a dickhead doorman. Others of us could wait in line, occasionally get rejected by said doorman
    Start-up company looking for VC funding
Etc.

Seriously, the opportunities are endless here, and done in the spirit of fun, not anger or mean-spirited mockery, I'm willing to bet most of the people we'd encounter at the turnkey camps would enjoy it and invite us to hang out and chat. Then some real dialogue could happen.

I'm planning on being there in 2015, and this will be my project. Some fun, satirical, performance-y stuff followed by some chats about the pros/cons of turn-key camps with the very people paying for them. I'm kind of excited. I think I like it.

Edited to add: Who's with me?

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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by FIGJAM » Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:53 pm

I like the velvet rope and doorman, but set it up across THIER entrance and THEY get judged on whether they should be aloud out!!! :twisted:
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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by vargaso » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:09 pm

FIGJAM wrote:I like the velvet rope and doorman, but set it up across THIER entrance and THEY get judged on whether they should be aloud out!!! :twisted:
Ha! I like it.

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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by Nipple » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:22 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the reverse doorman.

"Ahhhhh" Picking over the crowd. "You... you can go in. You... not with that shirt."

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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by spacetime » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:28 pm

I do like the idea of putting turnkey camp organizers in an even greater level of educational responsibility.

"Yes, you do get all of these things taken care of for you. And yes, you still must abide the moop and other rules. In addition to all that, you will also probably be engaged by other BM participants because you're using this camp. The best thing you can do is engage with them and try to make connections with them..." something along those lines.

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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by Captain Goddammit » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:45 pm

But you're also just handing them the spectacle they paid to watch, and further serving them by bringing it to them.
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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by vargaso » Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:29 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:But you're also just handing them the spectacle they paid to watch, and further serving them by bringing it to them.
That's a valid point, but I think if whatever shenanigans we pull have a noticeable point to them, then the message will get across, and hopefully some dialogue about this topic will ensue. It should be fun, but mordant.

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Re: The Turn-Key Engagement Project - 2015

Post by maladroit » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:27 pm

Code: Select all

mordant
1:  biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style :  incisive <a mordant wit>
2:  acting as a mordant
3:  burning, pungent
Burning and pungent definitely seem right up our alley!

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