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The Andrew Party
I’m curious about the potentiality of categorizing people and objects solely based on external, inconsequential characteristics. I find myself wanting to glue objects of the same color or materials together so that they reference that characteristic through their own proximity and I find myself wanting to point out people who are wearing the same color pants, if only to draw them closer together through some inconsequential characteristic while also highlighting the arbitrary nature of connection and the immediate sense of comeraderie when it’s based on commonality. In The Andrew Party, I wondered what it would be like to throw a party based entirely on the {inconsequential} characteristic of name. While it might make sense at first glance, seeing as there are vegan parties, football parties, etc., in actuality there might not be anything in common between a group of people sharing nothing but the same name. The Andrew Party was an obvious success, I think largely because of this sense of cameraderie based on something that, if examined closely, didn’t really exist. Any conversation based on this point of connection was bound to take on an absurd tone after just a few moments.


The nature of the game was emphasized by small, non-practical touches such as the “Andrew” name tags everyone was provided towards the beginning of the evening, which served both as a reminder of the parties origin, and a sign of the one thing that would not be necessary or useful at only this particular event.