Starting Thursday, Jan 7 at 6pm, I will attempt to spend 24 hours in Best Buy, Union Square, without making a purchase.
I will only eat or drink what is provided to me by those who come to visit the “performance.”
I will remain thoughtfully engaged in the products on sale and the services offered.
References: - Borna Sammak - Wafaa Bilal’s “Domestic Tension” - Improv Everywhere’s “Slow Motion Home Depot” - A recent experience involving returning a misguided purchase
Update: A “sell-out clause” gives me one contributor the option chance to control the duration of the piece. All contributors, regardless of amount, will be incorporated in a future work, but the person who tips the scale over $700 (before the 24h mark) will own this piece and will have the power to have me end or continue it. A link to contribute will be added here at the beginning of the performance. For the record, my stated goal is to complete a full 24 hours of shopping, but this is now, in part, left up to you!
Update 2: I will be tweeting during the performance (battery/Internet access permitting) using the hashtag #BestNonBuy
Update 3: Making the “sell-out clause” active a little early because I can’t do it from my phone and I have errands to run before 6. But if you’re feeling trigger happy:
So I’m sitting here waiting for an orange juice on a Newark-bound Delta flight, (free wifi provided via gogo promo), with an iPhone in my hands and a Kindle and an iPod in my lap, listening to Wye Oak (The Knot), half reading “The Road” and about to tell you that today I found out my two laptops and a 1TB external drive were stolen from my studio.
That’s all, really. Data. And devices. Lots of data. Three years worth. Something about paring down. Gadgets. Displacement. Starting a digital, nomadic empire with only a Kindle, an iPhone and a 150GB iPod.
Yes it’s now Christmas, and family is asleep in other rooms, and I should be asleep in this room I’m in here in Columbus (GA). But instead I am up thinking about the conversation happening on Jerry Saltz’s* Facebook page regarding artist statements. He posted an update tasking artists to post theirs and he would critique/edit them. Hundreds of responses later (and with the help of a small handful of great pinch hitters), I’m beginning to think I need to take a very non-traditional approach to the revision of my own. Not sure what all that entails yet, but I have a few ideas and will keep you posted. It’s not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.
One of these days Jerry’s gonna break Facebook due to an over-commented on post. Possible questions that would do that?
*Am I supposed to put an “s” after that “z?”
P.S. If you’re into the Jesus thing, or celebrate Christmas regardless, Merry Christmas! If you don’t, hope you saved me some leftovers!
In line with the previously posted mantras, I’ve been working a lot. And as I watch the sun rise on a day that sees me to Atlanta, I wanted to use this pre pre boarding time to briefly state (declare!?) that this tumblr blog will attempt to aggregate my tech and art worlds seemlessly and relentlessly. However disparate they may at first seem, they are lovingly bound to each other. Or, we’ll see…