2021 Brook­lyn
Van Alen Gowanus Block Par­ty
Dura­tion: approx­i­mate­ly 25 min­utes
A col­lab­o­ra­tive work per­formed in the pub­lic space.
In 1 con­tin­u­ous and unin­ter­rupt­ed ses­sion, 20 par­tic­i­pants pass 100 small objects from hand to hand, accom­pa­nied by 4 per­cus­sion­ists, along with unlim­it­ed num­ber of sup­port­ing musi­cians from the public. 

The work imag­ines a coop­er­a­tive sys­tem of rec­i­p­ro­cal care. It is con­ceived as a coor­di­nat­ed action invok­ing mutu­al pro­tec­tion through the cir­cu­la­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of good luck in the form of tal­is­man­ic objects. To the sound of live per­cus­sion, the objects are whirled through an enact­ed cycle of trans­fer­ence and then dis­charged into the world as gifts or good wish­es. Exact­ly 100 amulets — from near and far – are passed among the par­tic­i­pants in a wind­ing sequence. As the objects move from one hand to anoth­er, they are col­lec­tive­ly pre­pared to be offered for indi­vid­ual safe­keep­ing and protection.