Category Archives: Institute for Infinitely Small Things

The Institute for Infinitely Small Things

“conducts creative, participatory research that aims to temporarily transform public spaces dominated by non-public agendas. Using performance and conversation, we investigate social and political “tiny things”.

These have included corporate ads, street names, and post-9/11 security terminology. The Institute markets dissent through its research reports in the form of maps, books and videos.”

Digging for Happiness

Institute members digging a hole for happiness in a family's front yard.

“Digging for Happiness,” Private Residence, Cambridge, MA

Private Residence, Cambridge MA September 26, 2009

The Institute found a lovely family in Cambridge, Massachusetts who let us dig for happiness in their front yard. A nice house in a nice hood. A very fine family and kids. It was a small event. A party. A gesture. An action that allowed us to explore the futile work of measuring the impact of art and its actions on our lives. A fun day. A day where we all dug for a reason. We dug for happiness. At last!

Origami Stimulus Party

Old stone building at Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham MA

Springfest at Brandeis University, April 26th 2009

The Institute and origami experts from the MIT Origami Club made origami out of the Economic Stimulus Package. The goal was to turn the 600-page package into beautiful origami creations which we will then proceed to sell in order to stimulate the economy.

The City Formerly Known as Cambridge

A booth bearing the logo of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things with Institute members and members of the public.

“The City Formerly Known as Cambridge,” Harvard Sq, MA

Cambridge, MA, Spring 2006 to Summer 2008

The Institute set up booths at locations in Cambridge to collect names from local residents to rename the streets, parks, and other public places in Cambridge, MA. The results were places into a new map to be sold throughout the Boston area.

Unmarked Package: A Case for Feeling Insecure

A pile of packages marked UNMARKED PACKAGE

“Unmarked Packages: A Case for Feeling Insecure,” Chicago, IL

Gallery 400, Chicago, IL, May 2007

In May of 2007, the Institute traveled to Chicago to partake in Unmarked Package, an exhibition for the Pathogeographies exhibit at Gallery 400. We carried hundreds of “unmarked packages” to various neighborhoods in the city to document in a 9 minute video people’s response to the nationwide multi-million dollar “See Something, Say Something campaign.


View the Documentary here!