2022 Brook­lyn
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.