Upcoming: Ferris Bueller Parade (NYC)

New York artist Mina Karimi sent us this cool sounding request for participants:

On September 6th, I am staging a large performance art piece that requires 6-8 hundred people recreating the parade scene from Ferris Bueller at the Deitch Art Parade in Soho. I am recruiting secret agents in the audience of the parade to mimic the extras in the movie as my Ferris float approaches. In order to fully reproduce the spirit of the scene I will need at least 100 agents on each block of the parade to get the Ferris joy-ball rolling.

This is what I want to happen:

If this looks like a nice Saturday afternoon activity for you, please email me at projectbueller@gmail.com for further details and instructions.

Subject line: “Ready and Willing” if you are ready and willing. “?” if you have questions. “!” if you have a comment.
(I will only be opening the “?”s and the “!”s)

Hoping to hear from you,
Mina Karimi

26 thoughts on “Upcoming: Ferris Bueller Parade (NYC)”

  1. This is just stupid. “Performance Art Piece” my ass. you’re just copying a scene from an 80’s movie. While you’re at it, maybe you can do a “Thriller” re-enactment with Filipino prison inmates. Oh wait, that’s been done.

    Plus you need a parade permit for something this large.

    Plus that scene probably took hours to film in real life, even though they only used a few minutes.

    Are you going to re-enact the jump-cuts as well?

    But what I really want to know is how much coke were you on when you thought of this, and who’s your dealer?

  2. As the parade scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was Chicago’s Steuben Day Parade, you aren’t actually re-creating it if you’re doing it during an art parade in New York. But, as the Steuben Day parade does actually take place in September, and Ferris Bueller is set in the spring, the movie already took artistic license and all of this “authentic recreating” stuff is moot. Enjoy your “psuedo-re-creation” it sounds like fun.

  3. Is there a reason you guys are behaving like a-holes and raining on this person’s parade, so to speak? Jesus Christ, she wants to recreate (or “pseudo recreate”, if you really want to get a bug up your ass about it — whatever) something that sounds like a lot of fun from a movie that a lot of people enjoyed. Whether or not it imitates Thriller, the Steuben Day parade or the original FBDO movie itself is not the point. Who cares? “Art” is subjective. If you don’t like it, don’t come. If you’re pissed it’s in NYC and not Chicago, do one yourselves in Chicago. But get over yourselves and your negative, killjoy attitudes.

  4. I think it’s a very awesome idea! It’s one of my very favorite scenes in the movie. But I am sad that it’s being done in NYC as well considering I’m from Chicago and my high school band was the marching band in the movie. But I still like the idea. 🙂

  5. Think you’ve got a great idea. I’ve always dreamed of something like this happening….

    why don’t you get yourself a float, join some random parade, plant 250 dancers among the spectators and time the song to play just as you pass them? Plant another 5 among the real spectators and get everyone to dance. It doesn’t exactly have to be soho. The spirit of Ferris Bueller is to just live and let live, that’s what this moment is about.

  6. Lighten up.this looks like fun.And since when did art become so freaken serious.If you cant dance and laugh You might as well be dead!

  7. Dietch Art Parade is a blast. I’ve been in it 3 years running. You’ve got a fun and simple idea. Rock it out. I’ll be there with Algorithm Nation. Can’t wait to see how it turns out

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