A 22-year-old experiential education facilitator by-way-of art school, employee of an Ivy, vegetarian, procrastinator, and rock-climbing wilderness first responder living in picturesque rural New Jersey. She's holding her breath as she tests her clumsy legs post-college.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
At fifteenminutesvideo.com viewers can watch the artist plie on a roof, puke the colors of the rainbow, glue m&m's to rubber duckies while hula hooping, awkwardly kiss a boy and even perform a sexy shadow strip tease and defecation. What compels the artist to perform such tasks? Why would any one subject themselves to these activities?
The artist fulfills requests of internet users.
"fifteen minutes" is an interactive web-based performance. Viewers choose an activity for the artist to perform for fifteen minutes. The artist videotapes herself performing the chosen activity. All videos are uploaded onto the project website for the public to view.
At fifteenminutesvideo.com web surfers find themselves in a unique position of power, where they are given access to the artist's time and body. While participants dictate what activities the artist performs, the artist controls how the submitted text is interpreted into video. This action becomes radical, especially in the instances of demeaning or misogynist requests. Thirteen minutes of the video "vomit in a toilet" (which asks "the artist to eat loads of food then vomit into the toilet violently") is the artist enjoying a delicious meal. The purpose of fifteen minutes is not to fulfill the desires of participants, but rather to establish a relationship by which those desires are negotiated. This negotiation complicates the typical rendering of power relationships as absolute, and puts forth an alternative view of power as malleable.