GISHWHES is a global community of individuals (94 countries and growing!) that “gather” online once a year, form international teams, and then go out into the real world and create “art” the likes of which the world has never seen. This content is captured as videos or images to memorialize the annual Gishwhes experience. Art pieces range from the touching: “Take a picture of you hugging a war veteran” or “Create a video of you visiting a children’s hospital and giving a puppet show” to the weirdly sublime: “an image of a formal tea party replete with parasols, silverware and a string quartet situated in a junkyard or garbage dump” or “a fully dressed storm trooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather”. We like to think that we literally change the world.
On this front, we’re proud to announce this year’s teams filmed hundreds of videos of global Random Acts of Kindness (in partnership with our non-profit Random Acts (www.therandomact.org) and inspired over 100,000 people to pledge to do a Random Act of Kindness in over 120 countries. We’re also equally proud that they managed to submit several hundred images of individuals fully dressed in ski gear (including skis and poles) practicing yoga in crowded yoga classes. Stunning! The winning team this year was Badwolf with runner-ups of: Widdermacker, (Sc)Avengers, Subtext, ROBOTHEAD, QuicklyHuge, Babysharks, VaticanCameos, fandom-orgy, SuperWhoLockers, and, of course, 270WinchesterLoveswishbone. Badwolf got to stay in a haunted castle in Scotland with Misha this May. There was a live ghost hunt. Everyone except for Misha disappeared. Strange…
Oh yeah, we also broke two world records this year. This brings our tally up to 3! We plan on breaking a fourth this year which we will announce upon registration.
Gishwhes believes that “normalcy” is overrated and true “living” can be found hidden under the rocks of community artistic creation and acts of artistic sublime public performances. More importantly, we are all artists and have gifts for society no matter what our capabilities or talents. And most importantly, cheese is not a good sewing material.