Join us REMOTELY or IN PERSON this Tuesday!
Thank you ALREADY for supporting our project by being here. :)
This Tuesday 19th, we will have people joining us from places including Pakistan, Denmark, China, Brazil, Australia, and also from across the UK.
We need you. :)
Not sure how to be part of this evening? See below to understand exactly how you can help REMOTELY and also what you can expect from Tuesday evening if you are joining us IN PERSON*:
*including free performances of Binaural Dinner Date.
6pm - 10pm at G.A.S. Station
London, E15 3AE
+ OR REMOTELY FROM 5PM - PLS TELL US WHERE YOU WILL BE.
HERE IS HOW THIS TUESDAY WILL WORK REMOTELY OR IN PERSON:
If you are joining us REMOTELY, we first ask you to:
1. Tell us where you will be in the world (city, country). 2. Let us know how much time you have between 5pm - 10pm (uk time).
3. Tell us how you would prefer to help:
Previous supporters have helped us in many different ways, and not always financial. During the time they allocated for support, they have used Whatsapp/SMS/Social Media/Phone Calls/emails and face-to-face conversations - bringing an amazing amount of awareness and new pledges for the campaing. Some phone calls might emerge as a result of getting in touch in others ways - however, this is not a cold-calling event.
It is essential for us that you are comfortable with how much you are willing to do - and we will send you very specific guidance on how to approach such a delicate subject with people who are not yet aware of the campaing.
SO PLEASE REGISTER - AND WE'LL DO THE REST :)
If you are joining us IN PERSON:
There will be free pizza. And free performances of Binaural Dinner Date (**** Time Out).
And special guest video installation by Richard DeDomenici.
And a cash bar.
AND... There will be prizes to be won. *
[What to expect if you come in person? Full details below]
BRING A FRIEND. OR TWO.
REGISTER NOW - SO WE KNOW HOW MUCH PIZZA WE NEED TO MAKE.
* We will be raising funds for Pick Me Up (& Hold Me Tight) - Help us make all 34,000 UK payphones ring at the same time -an ambitious national artwork in memory of those who have taken their own lives.
If you are feeling depressed or suicidal - or need someone to talk to for any reason - you can call Samaritans on 116 123. Any time of day, any day of the year, from any phone. Completely free. Callers who are deaf or have hearing or speech impairments can email am8gfCBzYW1hcml0YW5zICEgb3Jn
or use the Next Generation Text Service.
[What to expect?]
You are not at all expected to call anyone you are not comfortable to call and talk to about the campaign. You might want to help in a number of ways - and no one will force you to help in any way you don't want to. But we will be here to support you however you decide to help the campaign.
You might want to call your mates, and chat about a project you think is important and hope they will think is important too. That’s all! You might want to engage via whattsap/FB/email instead of you're more comforable this way. If they pledge to the campaign, brilliant. If they don’t, you have helped spread the word and perhaps they will keep spreading the word too.
BASIC BITS OF INFORMATION + FAQWhen will the project happen?
The pilot will take place on 1 January 2019 at 11am, the time and day when there is an annual peak in suicide rates. The full nationwide project will happen the following year, 2020, but the 15,000 we are raising now is enough to fund BOTH the pilot and the full version.
What happens when I pick up the phone?
When you pick up the phone you will be able to participate in a gentle but thought-provoking audio experience that exposes the edges of our humanness. It's an invitation to pause and take stock of what it means to be alive.34,000 phones are a lot of phones.. Surely they won’t all be picked up?
The phones that aren’t picked up will continue to ring every Monday at 11am, until someone does eventually pick it up.
Where will the money go?
The money will be used to engage an extraordinary team of professionals, with the skills required to pull off this ambitious project over a 5 month period leading up to 1st January 2019. ZU-UK are very experienced developing technically and artistically complex artworks in smaller scales, but reaching our £15,000 target will allow us to pay technologists to create a pilot version of the interactive platform, cover all audio and studio costs for the writing, directing, recording, editing and implementing a fully interactive audio script to be tested across controlled geographical locations on the 1st January. The costs also include the development, design and management of an online map platform where individual dedications will be posted, and we will be able to show in real time which phones have been picked up and which phones are still ringing. Finally, we will also continue to engage mental health advisors and an engagement officer who will organise ongoing relationships with people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide in the UK.
How are you making sure the project is made with sensitivity and respect?We are working with mental health experts and researchers from UCL and UEL to ensure that this project is delivered with the utmost sensitivity and respect.If I can’t support the project financially, are there other ways I can help?
Yes! Come and do a ring-around, like I am doing now, at the next telethon event on Tuesday 19 June. Also share the project on all your social medias, and tell as many people as you can about it. Everything helps.
ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN’T ANSWER, GRAB A ZU PERSON AND WE WILL HELP!
Feel free to tweet, instagram, snap, and post about tonight’s event using the hashtag #ZUpickmeup