The project created by Candy Chang stemmed from her own personal life experience of having lost a loved one and thinking about death a lot during that time. Realizing how important it is to not forget what goals you have for your self before you die Chang began her project. Many nearing death seem to regret that they didn’t get to accomplish life long goals and dreams. The project began as her own experiment in new orleans with certification of approval. The process included putting up boards on an old abandoned building , painting them black and paint stencils in vertical rows of the the open ended sentence “Before i die_________.”
This project brings deep connections betweeen members of a community. During Art Beat last year in the spring Columbus Ga also had its own Before I DIe walls. Speaking from experience as a participant in the work, i felt very aware of my goals and of my friends and of others in my community whom i most likely did not know.
Have you had the Before I Die walls in your city? What was your experience with them?
Or have you been able to participate in a similar type of project, what did you take from it?
Miranda July Interview: ‘We Think Alone’ Delivers Intimate Emails To Your Inbox (INTERVIEW)
Miranda July is a filmmaker, Performance artist, and writer who created a participatory work called We Think Alone. The project requirements focused on getting a diverse group of people friends or famous acquaintances the artist wanted to get to know better, to submit old emails under certain genres given by the artist over time. The process revealed private messages to the public. Submissions were edited by the submitters keeping privacy part of the work, this caused the idea of self portraiture through the emails to be clearer.
I believe that the process of getting people to reveal private sides of them selves through old emails was very interesting, even though submissions can be edited before had it still says something about the person about there personality being more reserved. Giving the audience genres on what subject matter to submit made it easier to feel free to participate. If left to just submit general emails the effect might not of been the same. each submission became a self portrait of the person giving off different types of impressions to the viewers.
Would you easily participate in such an activity?
In the article Interactive and Participatory art written by Meg Floryan it explains how over time the relation ship between the viewer and the art or even artist has evolved. Many works have always involved a participatory element in the experience of analyzing the work, but now work involve more than just the mental stimulus of the viewers. In a piece done by Marina Abramovic’s Just-Closed retrospective at MoMA. The work of art is the experience between the voluntary viewer who sits cross from the artist. these are works where the concept is the art and can only exist with the participation of the audience. The evolution of the genre of art goes hand in hand with how the article says this generation is “plugged in” and “expects instant gratification”.
I do believe that because technology has evolved, Participation in art has also evolved. when you look back to earlier times more art was to tell history and show status. then grew to contemplate the emotion is created. Work was always about the subject whether it be an idea emotion or event the artist wished to convey with a boundary between the art/artist and its audience, but now the work can be about the interactive experience and emotion between artist/ art and its audience. Kinda of how we can now interact with people across the globe through our online networks, there are no boundaries to keeping in touch with friends or relatives that live far away.
Do you like art that lets you become part of the work or prefer to only view the work and not be connected to it?