Pedestrian human interaction has always fascinated me. I often find myself absentmindedly listening to personal conversations happening around me or watching the extras in the background of the horrible sitcoms I sometimes watch in my bedroom. Part of my fascination comes from my own discomfort with vulnerability, which sometimes keeps me from genuinely engaging with people I’m not completely comfortable with. In the age of swipe-left, swipe-right, Instagram likes, and Facebook friends, we are more connected then ever, yet I see people all of the time that liked my last post but won’t wave to me in person.
This is an interactive installation.
I am inviting you, the audience, to participate in a genuine human interaction with me in a safe, comfortable space. There are two parts you can play: Performer and Voyeur.
Performer (please only one at a time) - Inside, there is a table with a chair on either side. If you want to participate, simply sit in one of the chairs. I will meet you on the other side of the table. Once you sit, you are no longer a stranger in the space. You’re free to move about the room, play, and interact with me however you like. When you are finished, simply excuse yourself and the space becomes neutral again. I am not playing a character- I promise to be present and genuine with you, like an old friend. If we already know each other, feel free to participate as well. Let’s play.
If for any reason you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please let me know.
Voyeur: If you would rather watch the interaction than participate, please enter quietly take a seat, or stand. Since my focus is on creating a genuine experience with one individual, I ask that you all be silent observers. Feel free to switch from voyeur to performer, if the space is neutral. Watch for as long as you like.