Observe the Apprehension

Performance for Basekamp, Philadelphia, 3-8 pm, October 25, 2010,

Per Hüttner and Fatos Ustek

Following their ongoing investigation into the boundaries of artist, curator, critic and their audience, Hüttner and Ustek invite their audience to a new and exciting collaborative experience. The performance will be participatory and ongoing from 3 to 8 pm.

Hüttner and Ustek will set up a table at the Baskeamp (if weather permits, we will do it outside in the street) where they invite the audience to participate in their performance. Here they will explain what the participant is asked to do:
Once the basis for the performance is made clear, the participating person will be joined by two performers who will be dressed up in special uniforms developed by French fashion designer Emelia Rota. The uniforms look like a cross

between a police uniform and a security guard. Ustek will leave the foundation and install herself in a public place that has been agreed upon (e.g. a café or shop). The two uniform clad performers and the participant will shortly thereafter join her. The two performers will very kindly ask the curator to leave with them. She will agree. The two will hold the curator's arms and they leave together. There will be no struggle or argument, just an awkward silence.

It is the visitor's responsibility to document the surrounding people's reactions. The visitor can do so using digital camera, video, sound, text or any other form that they feel is appropriate. This will be discussed in great detail with the person who agrees to join the performance.

The project turn virtually all the power structures of the world (and art world) upside down and allowing the participant, not only to become performer and critic but also to study how members of the public relate to two uniform clad officials. It could be two friends picking up another friend – except the nonsensical uniforms they wear.

The project is planned to be repeated in Europe to investigate differences and similarities in social behaviour.

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