Drawing Attention: Oceanic Time with the Others October 8, 2016
A durational, participatory performance work by Nancy Murphy Spicer
“The work of art takes up the viewer and returns her to herself strange, unfamiliar.”
- Gregg Bordowitz, Artist, Poet, Writer and Educator
This is a durational, participatory performance piece. The structure is:
1. Choose a work of art in a museum that is made by an artist who is NOT among the canon of primarily white male cisgender artists.
2. Commit to be with that work of art for at least 20 minutes.
3. The primary focus: Be with the work in whatever ways that you find help you to comprehend the work in the fullest sense and understand it more deeply. You can choose how to spend this time. You may want to sit or stand and simply observe. You may want to draw or write.
4. The secondary focus: What is happening in the gallery? Take note of how many museum visitors bring their attention to the work you have chosen.
My thesis is that if you draw your attention to this work some of the other museum visitors may be drawn to also bring their attention, sensing that the work must be important if you are giving it such regard.
I invite you to join in this project and allow yourself to soak in the presence of an artwork, to open yourself to an intimate, transformational experience and, through your focus and attention, implicitly invite others to join you.
It is not a requirement for participation, but if you would like to share a drawing and a 300 max. piece of writing about the artwork you selected, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line: Drawing Attention and it will be included in the project webpage.
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