I’m Just a Vaccine

Objective:

– To educate people on how vaccines are made, patented, and distributed
– To raise awareness of how patents play a detrimental role in access to vaccine
– To spark dialogue around these issues with the public

The Project:

“I’m Just a Vaccine” is a parody of School House Rock’s classic video “I’m Just a Bill’’ from 1976. The animation features a vaccine and a kid having a conversation about the vaccine pipeline and how the Covid-19 vaccine is still inaccessible to much of the world because of restrictive licensing and patents. The video directs viewers to a platform on the Free the Vaccine website that showcases past instances where patents were not enforced on heath (and other) technologies and aims to spark dialogue on these issues.

TRY THIS:

Share it on social media. #FreeTheVaccine #PeoplesVaccine

What worked?

The video went viral! In less than 24 hours, the video got 100K+ views on Facebook via Occupy Democrats.

The video worked really well because it’s based on an iconic video with an easily identifiable style and contains accessible language about a very complex issue that empowers everyday people to engage with this pressing issue.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Links:

Reflections from Heloise Widdig

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

Daria originally came up with the idea in the Funify R&D squad and we just rolled with it! After discussing the objective of the video and the messages we wanted to get across, Dannie and Heloise formulated the script. We changed the words to get the right messages across while cutting down on the length and still keeping the structure similar to the original. Meanwhile, Daria was the mastermind behind the animation. While staying true to the iconic style of the original, she developed unique characters and setting for the video. After the first draft of the video was completed, Dannie and an actor, Eamon Kinsman, did the voiceover for the kid and the vaccine. In the final weeks before the launch date, Dannie and Heloise created a social media plan for the video’s launch.

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

A combination of Daria’s fabulous animating skills, Dannie’s tremendous organizing, writing, and voice-over skills, and Heloise’s writing and support, gave us the foundation necessary to create a successful video and have a great launch.

What were some of the responses to this work?

1.4k likes on Facebook in less than 24 hours and lots of positive comments!

About this project
Creators:

May, 2021

Video

United States, Los Angeles

2 min 44 seconds

Creative Commons BY

Download Original/High-Resolution File: ImAVaccine_Final_16_9_Subtitles.mov.zip

“We’re Better Together” Stickers

Objective:

The European Citizen’s Initiative calls on the European Commission to make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone. As the initiative needs 1 million signatures to be brought to the European Commission, it is important to appeal to the general public and get as many people to sign on as possible. We wanted to create a simple, but engaging sticker that would catch people’s attention in public spaces to persuade them to sign onto the petition.

The Project:

Our stickers follow the principle of Valentine’s Day cards, they show two vaccines that want to be together and provide a QR code to get them closer. The QR code redirects to the website of the Right2Cure European Citizen’s Initiative. We distributed these stickers all around European cities to get people to sign the petition.

TRY THIS:

Print it and stick it.

Make it specific to your community.

What worked?

The stickers are very cute and follow the color scheme of the Free the Vaccine campaign – that can help to get people’s attention.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Reflections from Katharina Wolfenstetter

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

The idea started out when were brainstorming impossible ideas. Someone said that we should force politicians to have hearts. That evolved into sending them hearts. That then evolved into sending them some kind of Valentine’s Day card. But as we wanted to reach as many people as possible to sign onto the petition, we decided to go with stickers that follow the idea of a Valentine’s Day card, which could be distributed all around cities with the QR code of the petition on there.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

Plaster every city in Europe with our stickers and hand them out to students for free – because students always like free stickers, especially when they are cute! 🙂

About this project
Creators:
  • Katharina Wolfenstetter
  • Ludovico Caminati
  • Johanna Twittenhoff
  • Alessia Gonfroid
  • Julia Billian
  • Sophie Tragert
  • Max Wielenga
  • Elise Potthoff
  • Samira Shair
  • Maanasa Gurram

April, 2021

Image/graphic, Print

Germany, Munich

1098 × 1217 pixels

Creative Commons BY-NC

Link to Original or High-Res file

Venice for Vaccines

Objective:

We wanted to create an accessible way to engage with street art and murals to spread the Free the Vaccine message and symbol.

The Project:

We created a stencil and spray painted the Free the Vaccine symbols at the Venice Art Walls in Southern California.

TRY THIS:

Download the stencil and use it.

What worked?

The stencil is very easy to replicate (and the pdf can be downloaded)!

    Original files can be provided for exhibition
  • The work can be reproduced on site with instructions (provided)

Links:

Reflections from Carly Besser

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

Originally, our squad tried to explore working with a professional muralist to amplify the Free the Vaccine message. After a bit of research, and Franziska’s great advice to use the Venice Art Walls, we realized we could make our own stencil. Daria designed a stencil based off of the Free the Vaccine logo that could easily be replicated by others, and we spray painted away!

What were some of the responses to this work?

Visitors and artists at the Venice Art Walls were curious to know more about the logo design and the “Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 message.” And the artists at the wall were very kind about working around our design and ensuring that they wouldn’t cover it up (at least for the day).

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

If I could build on this idea, I would work with a group of professional muralists to design permanent Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 murals based in various cities across the globe.

If someone else were going to make/use/do something like this, what advice would you give them?

Have fun with your designs and locations! And wheatpaste is always a great alternative to spray paint.

About this project
Creators:

April, 2021

Image/graphic, Installation/Intervention

United States, Los Angeles

24 ” x 12 “

Public Domain

Download Original/High-Resolution File: FTV_Stencil.pdf

UBC Open COVID Pledge Poster

Objective:

We would like UBC students to become more educated about the Open COVID Pledge and show their support for UBC signing it.

The Project:

This poster was created to have UBC students be excited to promote the Open COVID Pledge to their university as a way to get them to sign it. A google form is included for the students to express their opinion for UBC administration to hear.

TRY THIS:

Make it specific to your community.

What worked?

I think that the idea behind this project and how it will be used was successful because it will be very simple for students to use this poster to share their thoughts.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Reflections from Riya Agrawal

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

First, our team had a brainstorming session on what would be accessible and informative, while also giving UBC students the chance to use their voice for an important issue. Upon coming up with the idea to have a poster with a QR-code for them to post their thoughts, I made an overall template and our team worked to improve it. Finally, I made the google form, with the description created by our team to educate the students about vaccine equity.

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

Cathy was very experienced with making posters of this format, so she knew what would look great. Declan and Jacob were able to phrase our wording on the poster and the google form as eloquently as possible

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

An interactive exhibit or art piece that the students could contribute to and share their voice on the Open COVID Pledge would be a very impactful way of getting their university to hear them. This sort of exhibit could be spread to universities all across the world to amplify the message.

About this project
Creators:
  • Riya
  • Declan
  • Jacob
  • Cathy

April, 2021

Image/graphic, Online/web thing

Canada, Toronto

8.5×11 inches

Public Domain

Download Original/High-Resolution File: UBC-Open-COVID-Pledge.pdf

MemePostcards to politicians

Objective:

By sending out the mentioned memes as a postcard, we wanted to encourage politicians (mostly MEPs), already smpathizing with the idea of supporting the TRIPS-Waiver, in a positive kind of way to post more about their support and hence increase public pressure.

The Project:

In our squad we created funny memes, ironically describing current (european) patent policy or politicians behaviour, whilst pointing out more equitable and efficient solutions that help end the pandemic sooner, for example supporting the TRIPS-Waiver. These were then sent out to MEPs/politicians with an attached letter, to make them state publically their support for TRIPs-Waiver.

TRY THIS:

Share them on social media. #FreeTheVaccine #PeoplesVaccine

Make one!

What worked?

The memes were reposted by some NGOs and we also got some positive feedback from a few MEPs. In addition, it helped us a lot to try out Craftivism and using positive vibes to criticize.

Reflections from Elise Potthoff

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

The idea was created during the time when the container ship “Ever Given” was stuck in the Suez Channel and social media was flooded with memes about it. Therefore we also created one meme with this background.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

Flood every politician with a postcard specifically adapted to her/his statements on the TRIPS-topic with a picture of him/her as base of the meme. Also the memes could be printed out largely as big posters to be hung up in public area.

If someone else were going to make/use/do something like this, what advice would you give them?

It would be also good to try targetting MEPs from the “other side”, not convinced of the TRIPS-Waiver yet. Of course, different texts on the memes could be helpful and also a different letter attached to it. But the procedure could be the same.

About this project
Creators:
  • Samira Shair
  • Ludovico Caminati
  • Kathi Wolfenstetter
  • Maanasa Gurram
  • Hannah Dawson
  • Max Wielenga
  • Alessia Gonfroid
  • Julia Billian
  • Johanna Twittenhoff
  • Owen Lukins
  • Sophie Tragert
  • Elise Potthoff

April, 2021

Image/graphic, Online/web thing, Print, Writing

Germany, Munster

148mm x 105mm

Public Domain

Missing Vaccine

Objective:

The objective of this tactic was to get at least 15 people educated/involved per flyer put up by either scanning the QR code or taking a slip.

The Project:

This flyer uses the template of a Missing Person flyer to draw attention, and then seeks to quickly educate people regarding patents and pharmaceutical corporations. The QR code links to the Free the Vaccine website, and the slips on the bottom are a location-specific number (in this case, a California senator).

TRY THIS:

Make it specific to your community.

Report the missing vaccine.

What worked?

We are still in the testing phase of putting these flyers up, but will update on how it goes! 🙂

Reflections from Daria Bazzi

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

Everything from bolding certain words, adding a shared value statement (“Everyone Deserves a Shot!”), making sure I specified Covid-19 vaccine, changing “Pharmaceutical Companies” to “Pharmaceutical Corporations,” the idea to make slips people could take, and more, all came from others who took the time to give me great feedback!

If someone else were going to make/use/do something like this, what advice would you give them?

I would love it if people in different locations changed the number on the slips to make it more location-specific, and if they thought a link to another website would be more effective in their community, I would recommend they change the QR code, as well! Also, translation of the text might be in order to get the message across more effectively.

About this project
Creators:
  • Daria Bazzi
  • Heloise Widdig
  • Carly Besser
  • Defne Zuhal Yorgancioglu
  • Franziska Gartner
  • Rachel Gita Karp
  • Shivesh Shourya

March, 2021

Image/graphic, Writing

United States, Los Angeles

2550 x 3300 px

Public Domain

Download Original/High-Resolution File: MissingVaccine_Flyer_v04_BIG.jpg

Jonas Salk Around The World

Objective:

With this Jonas Salk sketch we would like to encourage you and as many other people as possible to print out the sketch and take a picture of Jonas Salk in front of a landmark, a place special to you or a beautiful place in your surroundings. Much like the extremely successful Flat Stanley project more than 25 years ago. By spreading the word on social media, you can encourage others to do the same, help carry on Salk’s legacy, and remind people of a role model who prioritized people’s well-being over profit.

The Project:

We have depicted Jonas Salk in his role as a role model in vaccine development and distribution in a cartoon-like drawing. This eye-catching and charming design is intended to help spread Salk’s scientific and philosophical spirit and create a distinctive recognition value.

TRY THIS:

Make your own Flat Salk and help him visit your favorite places.

Share it on social media #FreeTheVaccine #PeoplesVaccine

What worked?

All the wonderfully kind and human values of Jonas Salk can be perfectly reflected in a cartoon-like style.

Other Notes:

1) Print the sketch
2) Glue it on cardboard or thicker paper
3) Cut out the outline of Jonas Salk
4) Take a picture with the cutout in front of a landmark, a place important to you, or a beautiful place in your neighborhood
5) Share the photo on social media and get more people to do the same

    A set of instructions exists on how to make this work
  • An original object can be provided for exhibition

Links:

Reflections from Calvin Dunker

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

Since other drawings in this cartoon-like style had already been created by unrelated projects, all that was needed was an agreement on the elements that would appear. The many iconic images of Salk as a scientist during the successful approval of the vaccine served as a rough template.

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

Mareike Bielok was responsible for the drawing and the underlying cartoon-like style. Calvin Dunker prepared the rough concept and the elements to be displayed.

What were some of the responses to this work?

Very positive feedback and already first photos in front of landmarks.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

Produce an animation series with cartoon Jonas Salk traveling around the world. Organize airplane banners covering all the beaches in the world. Pay very famous people who can’t be convinced by the message behind the image to share pictures of themselves, the Jonas Salk cutout and famous landmarks on their social media channels.

About this project
Creators:
  • Calvin Dunker
  • Mareike Bielok

March, 2021

Image/graphic, Print

Germany, Munster

3024 x 4032 pixels

Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Download Original/High-Resolution File: Salk-.png, Salk-Outline.png

Our vaccine

Objective:

We want people to take a stand against vaccine nationalism by signing the European Citizen’s Initiative.

The Project:

Our video shows the contrast of our new reality during the pandemic and how life could be if we were all vaccinated. However not everyone has access to the vaccine. By supporting the European Citizen’s Initiative we can change that and make sure this pandemic ends.

TRY THIS:

Share it on social media. #FreeTheVaccine #PeoplesVaccine

What worked?

Our video was shared by the official Instagram account of the initiative.

Other Notes:

It was the first project from us as a group.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Links:

Reflections from Julia Billian

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

Based on our idea we had to find fitting pictures. Then we put them in a video format, edited the video and added music and sound effects as well as the voiceover.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

Actually using the video as a commericial that would be played on TV would be great.

If someone else were going to make/use/do something like this, what advice would you give them?

Have someone on your team who is a really good editor :D. Just kidding. As long as you find the resources, so where to look for free pictures, music and video clips and have a good idea, you will be fine. There are a lot of tools out there that can help you.

About this project
Creators:
  • Samira Shair
  • Ludovico Caminati
  • Kathi Wolfenstetter
  • Maanasa Gurram
  • Hannah Dawson
  • Max Wielenga
  • Alessia Gonfroid
  • Julia Billian
  • Johanna Twittenhoff
  • Owen Lukins
  • Sophie Tragert
  • Elise Potthoff

March, 2021

Video

Belgium, Brussels

1 min

Creative Commons BY

#3Rivers2Shots1PGH

Objective:

The objective of this project was to promote vaccine uptake among the Pittsburgh community. This digital design was created for applications such as stickers and event backdrops to be used at a COVID vaccine events and through digital media proliferation.

The Project:

In this digital design, #3Rivers2Shots1PGH text is paired with simple, clean imagery that defines each component of the hashtag. Within the digital design, there are two large syringes that symbolize the two shots for the COVID vaccine; these syringes act as two towers supporting Pittsburgh’s famous Andy Warhol bridge. Beneath the bridge are three strokes of wavy lines, which are representative of the three rivers of Pittsburgh

TRY THIS:

Share it on social media. #FreeTheVaccine #3Rivers2Shots1PGH

Make your own!

What worked?

The element of this project that I found to be most successful was the integration of the two syringes upholding the golden Andy Warhol bridge. It’s symbolism could be interpreted many ways, but I see it as representing how communal COVID vaccine uptake is vital to upholding and maintaining the city’s health and safety, just as the towers of a bridge are crucial to upholding the structure.

Other Notes:

As part of our efforts through Free the Vaccine, we were working with Pittsburgh’s Community Vaccine Collaborative (CVC). The CVC is a multi-disciplinary, diverse community and academic collaboration to address trustworthiness of vaccines and equitable vaccine distribution. The CVC is a partnership with researchers, clinicians, and social scientists at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, and Chatham University, and organizations including Neighborhood Resilience Project, Casa San Jose, UrbanKind Institute, and Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Reflections from Elizabeth Lusardi

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

While working as an immersive media studio assistant at Chatham University with Joseph Amodei, I was given the opportunity to use my artistic skills to create a logo to promote COVID vaccine uptake in the Pittsburgh community.

What were some of the responses to this work?

Members of the Community Vaccine Collaborative in Pittsburgh found this image to be a great way to connect the ideas of vaccination to the specific locale of Pittsburgh.

About this project
Creators:

January, 2021

Image/graphic

United States, Pittsburgh

3339 x 2576 pixels

Creative Commons BY

Download Original/High-Resolution File: Primary-image-2.tif

All I want for Christmas…

Objective:

The objective of the work was to find a playful and timely way to encourage people to head to the free the vaccine website and support the open covid pledge by signing it.

The Project:

The Kookaburra group created a giant inflatable syringe in season 1. At the end of this season we turned the action of blowing it up into the performance. Dressed in Santa and elf costumes we set up a santa’s workshop down by the Yarra River. In the video you will see Santa and the elves busy building a giant inflatable syringe to fulfil an Xmas letter to Santa. Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a free vaccine big enough for the whole world!

TRY THIS:

Make it in your community.

Connect with another holiday.

What worked?

The crowd engagement was an unexpected highlight. We had a group of children helping with one of the guy ropes as we controlled the giant puppet like syringe. They asked some fabulous questions and were really curious. My favourite comment came from a child only about 10 years old: is this an Elon Musk project?

About this project
Creators:
  • Tessa Marshall
  • Greg Giannis
  • Zan griffith

December, 2020

Performance

Australia, Melbourne

video of an action

Creative Commons BY

Link to Original or High-Res file

Other Notes:


The syringe was made by Greg Giannis in Season One. I thought it was a feat of engineering. He removed his car battery to power the inflation.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Links:

Reflections from zan griffith

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

This work was building on the work done in Season 1. In Season one, Greg and Tessa built an inflatable syringe but due to Melbourne lockdown never got an opportunity to launch it. This Christmas themed work was the second time the syringe had been launched and it was also the first time all participants had met in person. The Christmas theme was a way to package up the filming of the syringe in a playful and timely manner.

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

All the collaborators brought a sense of fun and flexibility to the action. Greg Giannis was the mastermind behind the inflatable syringe. With his background in engineering he created it so that it could be inflated from the power of a car battery. Tessa Marshall as a medical doctor created the brochures that we handed out at the action. Zan, who loves a ‘dress tip’ organised the signs and costumes.

What were some of the responses to this work?

We had a lot of interest from children and in the process of inflating the syringe we drew quite a crowd.There was a definite sense of fun and curiosity from the crowd. the video of the event was edited and put on instagram with positive responses.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

A Giant Syringe Blimp to tour over major cities. (e.g. the skywhale hot air balloon by patricia piccinini)

If someone else were going to make/use/do something like this, what advice would you give them?

It would have been great to have a few more hands on deck so that during the inflation of the syringe we could have had people talking with the crowd about our objectives. We were so busy with the handling of the syringe this opportunity was missed.