This week’s assignment: In response to the City Reliquary Museum and your LES Tenement Museum Tour, create a narrative experience centered around a single or several objects.
I decided to take this homework as an experiment and research for my Thesis project. I am working with street vendors and one of my goals is for people to really see the person behind the food cart, as more than a cup of coffee, a bagel or a hotdog.
One year ago, I worked with a vendor named Adam. He sells breakfast at the corner of Waverly and Broadway. Before this collaboration, I knew absolutely nothing about him. After the project, I can say that we have built a connection. So for this assignment, I decided to document my daily conversations with him. These conversations took place when I was buying a cup of coffee.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t work on weekends, so I only go the chance to document 4 days.
Here is the transcript of what our conversations:
Feb 15 – 9am
M: Hey, how is it going?
A: Oh hi, how are you?
M: Good, good.
A: Large coffee, skim milk?
A: Haven’t seen you in a while.
M: No…I’ve been around.
A: Haha ok ok have a good day.
M: Thanks, you too!
Feb 16 – 1pm.
A: Hi, how are you?
M: I’m good…Do you still have coffee?
A: No…I don’t have it anymore.
M: Oh no, really?
A: Yeah, I am closing…You are late!.
M: Oh, yes, I know…Do you have tea then?
A: I do, but I don’t have hot water. You see? It’s off already.
M: Oh, I see. Ok, no problem then.
A: Tomorrow you need to come early.
M: Yeah, I will. Thanks anyway!
A: Ok ok, see you tomorrow.
Feb 17 – 11am
M: How’s it going?
A: Good, good (point at the large cup).
A: No skim milk today.
M: Oh, that’s ok. I will take regular milk then.
A: Ok. What’s new?
M: Ah, not much…a lot of work. What’s new with you?
A: Nothing. All good.
M: Alright then, see ya!
A: Ok, take care.
Feb 21 – 8am
A: Hi! You are early.
M: Yea…don’t even tell me. This is way too early for me.
A: Haha…ok large coffee then?
M: Yes, please
A: Skim milk?
A: How was your holiday?
M: Good…I was mainly working haha. But it was good. How was yours?
A: Good, good. The weather was good, so it’s good.
M: Oh, yeah. The weather was GREAT!
M: Ok, I gotta go.
A: Ok, see ya.