•Reenact a recording of a police scanner as a public speech.
•Reenact a live police scanner as a public dance.
•Contact the Portland chapter of the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) and collaborate on a way to commemorate the 1939 Waterfront Strike in Portland. One option would be to re-create a form of the strike, referencing Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave.
•Recreate star formations.
•Something involving safety vests. They work beautifully in day or night and really visually unify a group.
•Recreate a fast food restaurant as a food stand. Use cardboard and house paint to recreate the logo as accurately as possible. Create uniforms and refer to the stand as ‘McDonalds’ or ‘Pizza Hut’ or whatever. Offer homemade food or work with the Food For Thought cafe at school and make it all vegan food. Act seriously and always refer to the stand by its name. For example, say brightly “Welcome to Wendy’s how may I help you?” Don’t tell people its for class.
•Reenact a moment from when you were very young, one of the first memories you can recall. Do this in front of a video camera on a tripod. Put the camera at a low angle, or strapped into a car seat, or whatever is similar to your small person perspective. Do not move or tilt the camera. Act as someone close to the age you are now – possibly your mother or father. Do this alone if possible. The moment should be no longer than 30 seconds.
•Better yet, post an ad on craigslist and find folks from the community who are willing to share or recreate these moments.
•Re-create Miranda July’s bicycle ride in Matt McCormick’s film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal. One shot: one student acting as the cyclist.