According to recent studies, 65% of children have some form of an imaginary companion before the age of 7. Whether invisible to the rest of the world or a trusty, stuffed companion, creating friends to help us navigate the world is a common activity many of us have engaged in. Guy Guy Buddy is a participatory project designed to recapture this playful side of our imagination and present our imaginary friends of the past as a collaborative activity. I’m asking the public to send me any representational form of their childhood imaginary friend(s): submitted drawings, written descriptions (I’ll create drawings from the description), and/or photos of your favorite friend growing up. The submitted materials will be used to create conglomerate, anthropomorphic characters in a digital format and other media. I will combine these references to create new “friends” we can claim as a whole. By recalling our friends from the realm of play, Guy Guy Buddy attempts to establish the idea of the “Mind” as a shared space. Ideally, the presentation and interaction with conglomerate imaginary friends will lead us into the recognition of our shared experiences and try to breach separations to create very real “imaginary” communities.
To participate, email a description of your childhood imaginary friend to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of your friend, approximate age you had this friend, adventures you undertook and most importantly, a description of your friend. The description can be a drawing, written description, and/or photograph, whatever is the best representative of your childhood imaginary friend. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate and this request will be respected. For a demonstration of Guy Guy Buddy, please visit http://peterwhittenberger.com/popup.php?img=435.jpg.