II. Go Home Project
An artist stands in the museum lobby, waiting for an audience willing to let him accompany him/her home. He has placed a vertical banner in the lobby that reads “Let the artist go home with you!” to recruit viewers on the scene to participate in his event. Go Home is a site “artist” and “audience” can exchange their roles. On the way, the audience takes a position of parity with the artist, both acting as audience and providing creative content, while the artist similarly plays dual roles as creator and viewer. In this way, between the two people and the road, four roles are shared.
When the viewer enters the museum to view works of art he encounters the artist instead. Is this equal to/not equal to art? If an art work is an object placed in a museum for people to view, when you encounter an artist in a museum you are coming face to face with a fluid art work and a mobile museum. You meet the work of art in a point to point encounter, but you and the artist in transit are two overlapping parallel lines, where each moment along the time line can be art. And you might even believe that you are the artist.
The artist himself becomes an “audience” as he stands in the lobby waiting for an audience to appear. Like viewing a film, he anticipates the appearance of unexpected surprises and exciting developments before his eyes: first is an unknown person, followed by an unknown route, and finally an unknown place. “The unknown” is both mysterious and magnetic, and the biggest creative impetus. When the audience leads the artist to depart the museum, the audience becomes the leading role. They become the follow travelers on the way. Their role are changing. When the artist arrived the audience’s home, audience become “artist”, and his home become a “museum”.
The Go Home Project places the artist and viewer on equal footing, to get to know and discover each other, both stressing the importance of exchange and trust, and placing importance on arbitrariness and randomness in the creative process. It is not a finished work, per se; perhaps the finished work is a variable itself.
Installation and Execution
As the Go Home Project is conceived in line with the principle of leaving the least possible amount of objects in the museum, the entire installation consists of just one banner and one sheet of paper. The banner stands on the floor (like political campaign pennants) with Chinese characters reading Let the artist go home with you! The banner can be rolled up and taken away, and will only be set up when I am there on site. In addition, I am also considering keeping a list of people who take me home with them and the relevant dates for posting in the museum. My interaction with audience members in the Go Home Project is of a private nature and thus will not be openly displayed at the museum, but will be recorded on my personal blog with their consent.
First round dates: Aug 12 through 15 (total 4 days)
Second round dates: Sept 4 through 15 (total 12 days): three days prior to the opening and nine days after the opening.
Third round dates: Nov 8 through 14 (total 7 days): In order to enable all the audience participation in the Go Home Project when I am not present at the museum (after September 15) I will arrange for a second round during the seven days prior to the opening. I will make a sign and leave a registration form for audience members willing to let the artist go home with them to take part in this event. I will select seven audience members from among all the completed forms, and arrange to go to the workplace of a viewer, where I will wait for him to get off work and accompany him home.