The idea is inspired by a performance by the artist Joseph Beuys in which he came to America in 1974, was covered in felt, traveled to a gallery in an ambulance, and spent three days with a coyote. Crazy right? True story.
Well, replace "ambulance" with "Hummer," "coyote" with "Bald Eagle," "felt" with "American flag" and "three days" with "140 hours," and we have the beginnings of this project!
Why? Well, May 12th 2011 is the proposed start date for this performance. It will also mark what would have been Beuys' 90th birthday. Beuys was born in Krefeld, Germany, but over the last few years I've listened to artists (mostly American) speak of what's happening in Berlin. How cheap it is, the artistic possibilities, etc. Naturally I've wanted to go, and this seems a rather absurd way as I will not actually see Berlin at all. Rather I will spend my time isolated in a gallery thinking and tweeting about "home."
Time: 140 hours is four hours short of 6 days (twice as long as the original performance). I chose this time for the connection to the character limit of a tweet.
#140hBerlin is also, in part, a very NON-anonymous response to the Bruce High Quality Foundation's installation for the 2010 Whitney Biennial. ;)
So with your help I'll be able to secure airfare, borrow/rent an eagle (whom I promise to protect!), and have material costs covered for production and documentation including a live stream of the entire performance. Which will also be fully tweeted, of course. Fun, right?!
Thank you for your time. And God Bless America! :D
- (33 days)