Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I would like to thank everyone that monitored my progress, wrote me during the experience, and was concerned for my safety. Your thoughts and well wishes were infinitely helpful. Please follow this link to read about what my experience was like in the kitchen: www.flickr.com/photos/lucasmurgida/2856318305/
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I was in the cabinet for almost 5 hours yesterday and it became clear that no one was going to take me. I decided to regroup and try again today in a different location...
More information to follow.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
This outdoor intervention will be in place west of the Center for Architecture and south of Washington Square Park in New York City on Saturday, September 13th, from noon onward as part of The Conflux Festival.
Linked to this blog I will be sending text messages via twitter and images via flickr chronicling my experience. Both of those feeds can be viewed on this blog page.
Follow this link to The Conflux Festival website for more information about other events.
My website is here.
A cabinet will be constructed and left on a sidewalk. I will be hidden inside and not reveal myself until someone assumes possession and brings the cabinet to their home.
Often the city seems to be ours alone to experience and we assume that it is in turn ours alone for the taking. This sensibility is made evident in the U.S. by the often quoted phrase, "Possession is 9/10 of the law." This means that the person who is not in possession of an item must prove that it is rightfully theirs. As each of us navigates the city we perceive the occurrences that we come into contact with to be unique to ourselves. This seems rational as each person observes events from a specific vantage point. These observations become confused by the witness because s/he interprets those public experiences through the filter of their personal histories. For example, one person sees an event to be a hostile confrontation while another will see it as a playful exchange. As we experience the city we lay claim to our interpretations and often make the assumption that things are as they appear to us to be. The burden of proof then rests upon another to prove that this is not so. Nowhere is this more evident than when something that may be private property is placed in a public space. A person is not sure how to look at the object at first, and will usually fall back on the golden rule of U.S. culture (finders keepers, losers weepers) and claim it to be theirs. I am hoping to subvert the "finder's" personal space by claiming it to be my own public space.