The Internet cyber-sphere is a great place to dream big, spread good vibes, and #dreamUp collaborative art projects that involve an Internet audience.  Internet involvement changes the way we communicate with each other, tell stories, and participate in each other’s stories.  On the web, we have the capacity to reach people with similar interests all over the world and our audiences are no longer passive observers, but interactive gamers, conversationalists, talented artists, people who want to engage.  So let’s log in to our Facebook, Twitter, etc, and share our favorite global and collaborative art projects by tagging them with the hashtag #DreamUp.  Here are a few of my favorite online projects that have been existing and evolving in the global village for a little while now:

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This every-changing “living portrait” and collaborative tribute to Johnny Cash was launched by Chris Milk in 2010 and in the first year over 250,000 people from 172 countries contributed artwork to the project.


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hitRECord was created by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@Regular Joe on Twitter), as an open online collaborative production company that is endlessly creative as a growing new media collective art project, open to anyone who wants to work with “Joe.”  Click here for the hitRECord Levis collaboration announcement (this video is also a more in-depth introduction to hitRECord and in it you’ll find a better description of how they operate).  & click here for “Mademoiselle Noir,” an example of the type of collaborative artwork that comes from, just in time for Halloween.


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This project was created by one photographer named Brandon who started a Tumblr blog and travels around New York on foot photographing people, collecting their stories, and capturing the humanity of the many, many humans who populate this city.  The social media community that actively interacts with this project is very positive, and very supportive.  A #HONY  photography book  just came out this fall.   HONY is described on the Tumblr like so:

“My name is Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. HONY resulted from an idea that I had to construct a photographic census of New York City. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind. But somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character. I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog, which over the past two years has gained a large daily following. With nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.”

HONY’s photographer & Storyteller, Brandon was profiled recently in this Mashable video:

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The Inside-Out Project was dreamed up by TED Prize-winning street artist, JR.  It’s described on the website as “the people’s art project: a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art.”  JR travels the world, pasting giant photographs of faces on walls and billboards, so “together [we can use] “the power of paper and glue” to “turn the world inside out”:

… so what can you #DreamUp?  We can do this together!

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