Bennett Schatz, DXARTS (intended)
This project is a continuation of a project started in DXARTS 200. It explores the concepts of systems art, social/cultural/psychological dynamics, and human interaction. The project involves me sitting in a public place with a cup of change and a sign (in the first iteration the sign simply said Free Change, though i may explore different signs to explore different reactions) soliciting various passersby. In this piece I fit in almost completely with the social/cultural image of a beggar, however I am not asking the public for change, rather I am offering to give it to them at no cost (both literally and metaphorically). The reactions of these passersby will be recorded both in a journal updated after each iteration, and via a discretely placed photographer (Kenny Breit). This piece hopes to explore the systems of interaction between beggars and the public, the extent to which the public generalizes based solely on positioning and preconceived notions, the effect of a sign on these preconceived notions, and any number of other topics brought up whilst performing the piece. While this is a performance piece whose substance lies mainly in the interaction between the performer and the public, it is nonetheless necessary to document the individual iterations of the piece for a retrospective summary. This documentation will be done in the form of written journal entries, a retrospective analysis, and a series of photographs documenting the various performances (hence the need for a camera).