Friday, February 20, 2009

A Year Long

Photo Courtesy of Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

This is the most interesting and awesome thing I have read about in a while. Performance artist, Tehching Hsieh has completely merged the worlds of work and pleasure through his pieces. His life is his art and his art is his life. Since the late 70's, he has done these year long performance pieces with very simple objectives.

This particular article highlights his current exhibit at the MoMA, Cage Piece. He basically lived in a cage for one year, doing absolutely nothing. Everyday, a friend would swing by with some food and take his waste (since he didn't build a toilet). Then the friend would take a photo of him.

The sameness and routine aspect of this piece intrigues me. While living in Rome, I remember finding comfort in an established routine. It took the edge off of being a foreigner and helped me to feel like I fit in somehow. Routine or discipline is difficult to maintain sometimes. I have tried on and off to spend my time on my way to work in prayer, but an hour in concentrated silence is tough!

Anyways, you can read the rest of the well-written article here. If you're in NY, pay a visit and let me know how it was.

1 comment:

  1. WOW this is freaking awesome!!! i want to visit just for this...i wonder how long the exhibit is going to be there for..