Explore identity and inequality variances among cultural divisions while our individual ideas of civil domesticity are confronted. Basic ideas of human rights are challenged when capital punishment or honor killings are allowed to exist to either control women or punish them for their sexuality. The audience is invited to justify their own action by either throwing a stone and breaking the object or refraining from picking up a stone while simultaneously protecting the object.
Fame, Critics, Judges
Has fame worship, cultural narcissism and the rush to become famous also caused each of us to become outspoken critics and judges of each other? Reality competitions, television talent shows and social media may have taught us that fetishistic behavior is rewarded and likes, votes and subscribers correlates to our own social relevance, even if only temporary, through audience participation, live commentary and media opinion.
Tweeted, Googled and Inappropriately Touched
I think of each pair of underpants as an intimate portrait. They are an examination of the large amount of intimate and private information we willingly share through social media, reality television and 24-hour news cycles - the immense fascination with celebrity and pop culture. The underpants expose our most intimate information – revealing our perviness, opinions, quirkiness, sense of humor and a narrative of our culture.
Physically engage an audience while wrestling willing participants in a museum setting. This is a participatory act while generating a conversation about the cultural dynamic between the arts and sports while gaining an understanding of the significance of each within a community. I chose wrestling because it is recognized as one of the longest practiced sports, some records of fights date back to 3,000 BC, and was part of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. As there had been debate for this sport to be discontinued in the Olympics we could have potentially lost part of a historical narrative in the same way a loss may occur when the arts are abandoned, neglected or destroyed.