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relet 裁判長
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights. by relet 裁判長

January 30th, 2010 7:01 AM / Location: 52.524908,13.313484

INSTRUCTIONS: Post a copy of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your workplace lunch room. Document how long it takes for HR (or somebody else) to take it down.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Please get a photo of the document in place.

If you happen to be present when the document is removed, please get a photo of the person for evidence during their trial.

It took me three days to complete this task. I am sitting here in my office, on a Saturday. Thank you sf0. Thank you Artificial Inanity for pushing my already restless self this far.

But let me start at the beginning and everything else follow. When I had a first glance at this task, it looked a bit dull. Working in a large, but open-minded and international company, I doubt anyone would mind anything like this to be put up. And with our tea kitchen in the derelict state it is, I doubt anyone would notice. Derelict not in the sense of shabby, but in the sense of people would only go there if they needed water, or tea, or if they had lost their cup.

So yes, this place needed a bit of a shaking. And a declaration of human rights needs a bit of attention. How could this possibly be done?

Unless you are the kind of person that always reads the spoilers first.

I have come up with the Universal Declaration of Tea Kitchen Rights. Or something along these lines. I have cut up the declaration, and glued each of the -slightly modified- articles in a place, where they might stop a mindless waterfetcher or cupborrower in his tracks. He might smile. He might think "Hey, I know that text. What was the original wording again? Maybe the other bits of paper here in the room will give me a clue..."

It was a bit of a challenge to distribute the full 30 articles in a small room without being too noticeable at the first glance, but I think I have managed. I started on a Thursday, with the first nine articles. It turned out that the tea kitchen was more frequented than I had imagined. The tenth article followed on Friday, where I got caught red-handed. I said hi, filled my cup with water and left the room. I'm not sure if the person noticed the scissors and tape on the table, or the bits of paper in the room. Now, I have returned on a Saturday to finish this project.

I have also appended the full PDF of the declaration. Feel free to copy and modify it to your likings.


Day three of the installation. Nobody even mentioned that there was something unusual in the kitchen.
Almost three weeks now. No mentions.

I have left the company in March. I came to visit during end of April, and in the kitchen nothing has changed. All my colleagues have moved to a different floor, so I assume that the installation has become part of the establishment.

I will update this task whenever something interesting happens with the installation.

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The Universal Declaration of Tea Kitchen Rights

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posted by Ink Tea on February 2nd, 2010 2:27 PM

I love your style, but I think you should have been more patient, and waited for this to actually come to fruition and fulfill the instructions.

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posted by relet 裁判長 on February 2nd, 2010 3:08 PM

Thanks for the comment and the critique. I did not realize until now that the "document how long it takes for someone to take it down" was an essential part of the task. Mostly because I did not think anyone would remove any note from anywhere in that building. I still do not expect anything serious to happen with the installation until I leave the company, even though it is more intrusive than just a note on a bulletin board.

But I promise to update when that happens. It's scheduled for end of march. And I might visit the place time and again and look after the tea kitchen.

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posted by Ink Tea on February 3rd, 2010 6:26 AM

Oh, indeed. I mean, there are occasionally tasks submitted where one failed in what they were trying to do, but usually they give it a couple of attempts before documenting the failure. Generally, all of the instructions in a task are part of the task. Again, I like your style.

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posted by Professor Møbius on June 3rd, 2010 2:58 PM

I like the creativity. Even if you didn't quite meet the letter of the task, you carried the spirit of resourcefulness and open-minded craftiness.