If you have a few minutes, this interview with Maija Jenson from KUMD from 1/12/12 might be worthy explanation for the feel of the project:
The two major objectives for the project:
(1) Getting to know Duluth in January (spending 31 days learning and producing as much as I can about the city).
(2) Getting to know January in Duluth (talking about the wooly mammoth in the room — it’s going to be very cold).
This is a parachute and suitcase project, meaning I’ve come to a community that’s (mostly) brand new to me and temporarily relocating (to a friend’s couch). I arrived in Duluth on the night of 1/1/12 with some clothing, a computer, microphone, camera, and my personal recipe for gumption (I get especially excited about narrative, people, and stories). I’m not trying to make any money from this project through sponsorships or other means, and I’m very happy keeping it that way.
Clearly, Duluth is much larger than 31 days or a single person’s ability to capture it. My goals, while simple to state, may not sound particularly modest. That being said, I’ll rely on the kindness/expertise/perspectives of strangers in every step of the process — conversations in physical, digital and any other kind of space will feed and sustain everything I do. I’m coming into this as an outsider, and I imagine I won’t get too far inside unless I get an invitation or two. This is not an ethnographic study — at the end of the day, all I’m looking to do is find and tell a story or two that connect with folks in Duluth.
On this blog, you will find writing, audio, photos, video, drawings, graphics, and whatever else tumbles out of the process. And as I mentioned above, I’d love to work with folks on guest posts of any kind. From personal experience, I know that sometimes the right prompt can spark meaningful responses that would have otherwise remained unspoken.