Saturday, April 09, 2005

This Is What I Do

Last night, I received an email asking, "...what the fuck kind of art you do..."

I always have difficulty with this question and I need to work on a suitable response as it comes up often. Actually, I think it's why I took a vacation from the whole art scene for a couple of years. Well, that and I was too busy with my fake/real porn site.

The truth is, I'm not exactly sure what I do either. This can be freeing. No matter what I'm doing at the moment, I can console myself with the conviction that "it's what I do".

It is also difficult because I will never be invited to sit on an artist's panel and I understand that they pay for those sorts of things and you even get a per diem amount for expenses. I just don't think they would pay me to say that what I do is sit on panels, having discussions. But then, you never know.

I can tell you some of the things I have done, however.

I've had performances for audiences of one. I can't tell you what happened, however, because it is a secret.

I have asked strangers to go into photobooths with me and have our photos taken. I don't have these photos. I gave them to my participants as momentos.

I have set up a telephone in an art gallery and phoned in which is, I find out, a rip off of a yoko ono performance. Mine took a slightly different turn, however, when one of my participants asked me to dinner and I accepted and another performance resulted. Documentation for the spin off performance exists only as a story I tell when I am particularly drunk.

I have also used text, video, webcam and even objects.

Mostly, I think of others. I am interested in forming relationships and exploring the line where I end and someone else begins.

I hope I've answered the question.


Blogger Zeke's, the Montreal Art Gallery said...


When was your dinner thing? Have you seen Iwona Majden's "The Dinner Project?" I think, if I remember correctly, be back as one of the leaders...

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Blogger Anne Walk said...

Hi Chris!

i had not seen the Majden dinner project. thanks for the link. it sounds very interesting.

i really must look at art from time to time.

i saw a link to another project where the artist moved in with his audience for a period of time (one week, i think). can't remember who it was doubt you will find out if you don't already know!

the dinner date project occurred in the spring of 2001. it was an instance where the participant usurped the performance and became the artist himself. The performance took place over several hours and at multiple venues and ended rather awkwardly.

6:46 PM  

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