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Diary


I kept a diary to record my mint social journey, where I interacted with people by offering them a mint. The purpose of this was to use a mint to exchange a story - the stories ranged from just a couple of words to sentences. I was interested what people would talk about while they’re having a mint.

I went to the Tate Modern, Kensington, markets, squares and subway stations to hand out mints to strangers and friends. I didn’t tell them that this was a research project, but I continued to talk to them and recorded the experience. Some people rejected my mint or just said thank you. When I reviewed this diary, my focus was no longer on what I exchanged by mints, but on certain moments in the conversation — the moment when I gave the mint. The role of the mint was different in every conversation.

Jingye Yao