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I would like to create pods of bagged people dotting the Castleberry Hill landscape during the October 6th Flux Night.

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Bagged!
I would like to create pods of bagged people dotting the Castleberry Hill landscape during the October 6th, 2012 Flux Night in Atlanta, Georgia. 


This idea comes from a dream I had about gangs, in which a rival gang was marking its territory by turning people into their gang colors. This less violent alternative to typical gang warfare appeals to me. My artistic response to the dream is to wrap people in colorful sheets, converting them into a new group/identity through performance art. 


The people in the audience who are bagged will have a unique experience, although it is hard to know how the audience will react to being bagged. I anticipate that some may struggle, trying to escape, depicting the violence of the act. 


In examining social interactions through my art, I must allow for these dynamics to be experienced by the audience and myself. I have been exploring social interactions for most of my career and lately, I’ve been interested in the gang dynamic and providing alternatives to their typical behavior. The shapes that bagged people make will visually depict different and individual reactions.


I think Flux Night 2012 would be the perfect venue for this performance. This performance will happen during rival performers’ shows in a raw guerrilla style, rendering it a true act of gang behavior. 



Installation
The space would be set up with sheets spread out on the ground.


Costume
My costume would be made of a sheet, depicting that I am wearing the same gang color, and be embroidered with the same style of marking as the “x’s” on the sheets. Hidden inside the costume would be a personal speaker to broadcast a sound scape of my creation. The audio would be meant for the person to be bagged to hear, and would include abstract gang related sounds.

Actions
1. Approach a sheet site.
2. Demonstrate the sitting position.
3. Tell a person to sit on the x.
4. Pull up the corners of the sheet to form a bag around the person.
5. Tie the bag closed.
6. Repeat on other people until a group of bags are checkering the space.
7. After a while, I would release the audience from the bags and gather up the sheets to be reused another time.

1. The person sits on the sheet.
1. The person sits on the sheet.
2. I wrap the person in the sheet.
2. I wrap the person in the sheet.
3. The person is bagged.
3. The person is bagged.
Before
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After
After

Budget

Materials/Technology            
    Personal speaker [already own]    =    $100
    King sized Sheets: 27 @ $15 each    =    $405
    Thread: 5 spools @ $2 each    =    $10
    Cellphone music player [already own]    =    $100
    Sewing machine [already own]    =    $300
    Dress form [already own]    =    $300
    Misc. creation items [already own]    =    $40
Labor            
    Documentation    =    $250
    Artist fee    =    $335
    Volunteer Assistance 15 hours @$10/hr    =    $150
TOTAL Cost        =    $1990
            
In Kind Donations/Borrowed            
    Personal speaker [already own]    =    $100
    Cellphone music player [already own]    =    $100
    Sewing machine [already own]    =    $300
    Dress form [already own]    =    $300
    Misc. creation items [already own]    =    $40
    Volunteer Assistance 25 hours @$10/hr    =    $150
TOTAL in kind/borrowed        =    $990
            
TOTAL  Budget:        =    $1000

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    1 print of each of the sketches of the project [5prints total] + a photo of the performance enclosed in a handmade, embroidered bag.

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    1 print of each of the sketches of the project [5prints total], a photo of the performance, and a sculptural mockup of 1 bag and person enclosed in a handmade, embroidered bag. The sculpture is made out of gum and fabric from one of the sheets and would make a great Christmas tree ornament.

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    1 print of each of the sketches of the project [5prints total]., a photo of the performance, a sculptural mockup of 1 bag and person. The sculpture is made out of gum and fabric from one of the sheets and would make a great Christmas tree ornament.

    1 of each of the original sketches from the project [5 drawings total] and
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