Van Alen Gowanus Block Party
Duration: approximately 20 minutes
A collaborative work, performed in the public space, carried out by 8 volunteer participants operating in rotating pairs, promoting the free distribution of freely developable material.
In an octagonal configuration, 8 participants operating in pairs repeat the action of unfolding and refolding a piece of cloth according to the familiar and intuitive movement that occurs between two bodies mirroring each other in an articulated joint action. In a coordinated sequence involving all 8 participants simultaneously, each piece of cloth is plucked 1 by 1 from each of the 4 inner stacks, and displayed in a two-step operation of intra-pair revelation and public presentation. 4 at a time, 20 pieces of freshly cut fabric, each cut to 1.50 meters in length, are viewed twice, presented in the round for common examination and appreciation, and then released to the corresponding outer stacks at the corners of the square perimeter. Once all the pieces of fabric have been handled, exhibited and discharged from the area of activity, they become available for the public to take free and permanent possession of, passing, one last time, from one set of hands to another.