Don't Get Too Comfortable
collaboration with Kara Stokowski
from our proposal to Feast Mass:
Don't Get Too Comfortable is a one-night event with a large pillow sculpture and a food serving performance. We have two goals for this project: (1) to foster discussions regarding being comfortable and taking action, in the context of the global revolutionary climate & (2) introducing the alternate economic model of time banking. A critique of corporate-driven Capitalism, and a call for true democracy in America, ties these two pieces together.
The sculptural element is a large, interactive floor installation made with all re-purposed, soft materials. Visitors to the space are invited to lay on top of a pile of these hand-made pillows and listen to an audio score emanating from below, which features the voices of Occupy Boston participants, interviewed by Kara and myself throughout that month of October.
The performative element of our piece involves taking part in an actual time banking system. The artists, along with several friends, will be providing a unique, three-course meal to visitors, in exchange for their time. Guests are encouraged to contribute their time by either sowing and stuffing more pillows to add to the installation, or by helping us serve food/clean dishes--but participation is not required.
At the heart of this piece is a desire to create community, empower people, and to continue breaking the boundaries of art's visibility and its potential for social change.
this performance/installation was presented on October 27th, 2011 at the Godine Family Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, in conjunction with the closing reception for an exhibition of the Futurefarmers' work in the same gallery.
"afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted"
- Paul Thek