This blog is an eco-friendly way of documenting my (and my companies) process through a Site Specific module. I have decided to use a blog for my documentation as it is eco-friendly (as stated previously), which is an aspect that Public Gift Productions focuses on as well as other aims. Additionally using a blog also allows me to share videos and photos from the process as well as written documentation in a easily accessible way.
For me, art is a bridge that connects
uncommon, idealistic, or even radical ideas with everyday life. I carefully
craft various conditions where I can discuss these ideas with people and have a
mutually meaningful exchange. Often this means working collaboratively with the
audience, bringing them into the process or even having them physically
complete the work. I want my art to be relevant to those outside the gallery –
say, at the nearest bus stop – to reach them in ways that are engaging and fun.
I intend what I do to be funny, but at the core of each piece there is also a
solemn critique. It’s important to be able to laugh while actively questioning
the various power structures at work in our daily lives. I have the unabashedly
optimistic belief that art changes the way people look at the world. That
belief fuels a pragmatic approach to bring about those changes.
(Steve Lambert. About Steve. Available:
http://visitsteve.com/bio/. Last accessed 15th April.)
I will talk to anyone
I set up this table near other individuals and organizations
tabling for political, religious and other causes. When people approach I offer
to talk to them about whatever they would like. If they don’t know what they
want to talk about I keep a list of questions such as:
- How about this weather?
- What have you been up to lately?
- What are you doing after this?
- How are things?
This formula has lead to conversations with all kinds of
strangers on topics from the weather to the Iranian revolution, Native American
philosophy, agriculture, film, etc. The table is very popular.
This is information is extracted from Steve Lambert’s
website, Lambert is an American artist born in 1979, and his field mainly
consists of street art/performance looking at issues to do with advertising and
public space. His piece “I will talk to anyone” is a site generic performance
due to the versatile nature, Lambert can move this piece anywhere as it is dependent
on participation of audience members rather than location he sets the piece in.
This piece is an inspiration for my final performance as I and the rest of the
group are interested in performances that look at audience participation that includes
their thoughts, ideas or memories in order for the performance to be successful.
I also like the way in which Lambert presents himself with his performance style.
I feel that in order to gain participants for a interactive performance you
have to adopt and open and friendly performance persona which is what I feel
makes Lambert’s piece “I will talk to anyone” successful as he allows the
audience to approach him. He does not harass or bother the public but simply
allows them to approach him, which again adds to the open feel to his performance
as it does not create an uneasy or sceptical atmosphere for the audience/participants.