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You’re sitting in your favorite coffee shop diving deep into this really good book your best friend told you about a few weeks back when a voice closely utters “Excuse me”. You look up just as you always do when someone is addressed because you hope it’s for you. This time it is. The stranger that looks slightly familiar from somewhere but you can’t put your finger on it, asks you, “How do you like the book?”. You make a quick glance up and down this person and see she’s holding this same book. You smile. Conversation ensues giving this book deep meaning and pretty soon you’re exchanging numbers and waving goodbye, already thinking about hanging out with this new friend again.
When serendipity occurs in our lives and really helps us on our path we feel joy, excitement, and confidence. It's almost as if the Universe knows what we need exactly when we need it.
Watson Hartsoe and I were approached by the guys of MakeWild, a film production company based in Venice Beach, CA. They wanted to know if these kind of moments could be created to happen more often, engineered to occur whenever we wanted. What if we could hail down this power from the cosmos and channel it into a physical place that could bring people together and possibly lead to new friends, ideas and collaborations? The concept of KismetLA would aim to physicalize these experiences. Kismet, a word defined as “destiny, or fate” was nothing I had heard of before. It sounded like a name of Transformer that Shia LaBeouf called upon in times of trouble.
Watson and I started to look into this concept further learning everything we could about it. We learned the various definitions the word took passing through different centuries. We learned about the “wyrd”. We not only questioned how we might increase the probability of these kismetic occurrences, we wondered if we might need to create ways to show Kismet, as if it were a being, that we were open to receiving this serendipity before it would rain down.
The late night of June 24, the day before the blitz was to happen, Watson and I did a deep dive into Kismet and explored many creative outlets. We felt we must go down the rabbit hole ourselves before we guided others there. We chose to write all these major tasks we needed to complete before the end of the night on a bunch of oranges, that would prepare us for the blitz the next day. The oranges were a bright beacon of the journey through this night where we could freely fall down rabbit holes of interest without worry of not completing our tasks. Whenever we got too deep, the bright orange of the skin would remind us to come back and complete the task. Every time a task was completed we would destroy the orange in a way we saw fit. At the end of the night we would have completed toolkits and frameworks for the participants to utilize during the blitz the following day. Below is a peek into the planning process the night before we attempted to re-engineer fate.