I plan to recreate a famous performance from the 1960's called 'Following Piece' except this time someone else will do the following...
For this project I plan to recreate a famous performance from the 1960's called "Following Piece." The "Following Piece" is composed of a series of documented performances made over the course of a month in 1969 by the artist Vito Acconci. In this work Acconci picked, each day, a random stranger (unbeknownst to them) to follow around the streets of New York until he or she entered a private location.
In this reiteration I plan to hire a professional Private Investigator to follow Acconci around New York for one day and document, through photography and notation, his activities. The private investigator will only observe and notate, there will never be an interaction with Acconci. These documents, both photographic and written, will compose a new work made over 40 years after the original work entitled "The Following Piece." I have titled this work to connote an obvious connection to the activities of the original work (i.e. following), but also in the sense of a sequence, in that, this work follows Acconci's work, it is the next in the sequence.
Over the course of the day the Private Investigator will, as closely as possible, notate the details of Acconci's activities, behaviors, expressions and characteristics. The Private Investigator will abide by the same rules as Acconci in that he will never follow him into a private location, but only observe Acconci, as best as he can, from a safe distance. One of my central interests in pursuing this project is exploring and extrapolating the notion of the document-as-artwork, which was a dominant motif within the ephemeral, experimental and performative practices of the 1960's and 70's Conceptual Art movement. Most of these art documents, to me, feel like crime scenes, they are poetic and cryptic and allude to events the documents represent, but they never summarize them. This led me to the idea of creating an artwork-as-document that exists through a very particular and non-artistic, but precise lens: that of the private investigator.
The Private Investigator I plan to use is certified and professional and because of this he is quite expensive. He will charge $75.00 an Hour (plus expenses) and I will need to employ him for at least 10 hours, so I am hoping to raise at least $800.00 to fund the making of this work.
If funded, this performance will occur within the next two months so participants should expect to receive their gifts by early to mid-august.
Thank you for your time and interest!
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pledged of $800 goal
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May 15, 2011 - Jun 14, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
For $10 participants will receive a 8.5" x 11" xerox of two images: the original performance and the remake. (unlimited edition)(signed)
Pledge $25 or more
For $25 participants will receive a manila envelope with a color 8.5" x 11" photographic document from the performance as well as the xerox mentioned above. (unlimited edition) (signed)
Pledge $50 or more
7 backers Limited (43 of 50 left)
For $50 participants will receive a manila envelope with two photographic documents and a xeroxed description of the event (written by the investigator). All documents will be embossed with "The Following Piece" (edition of 50) (signed)
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (19 of 20 left)
For $100 participants will receive a portfolio of 5 photographs of various sizes including research and the actual performance as well as other documents relevant to the work (signed) (edition of 20)
Pledge $200 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
For $200 participants will receive a portfolio of all photographs and documents related to "The Following Piece" (around 10-15 photographs) as well as all relevant notation and research. (edition of 10) (signed)