Sun, May 13th: Hui-Min Tsen – Presentation/performative lecture.
For Public Space Camp, I want to make a portrait of my neighborhood by walking the implied borderlines. I will start by tracing the periphery of my most personal space (my own block), hugging the outline up the street and down the alley. I will then cross over to hug the far side, up one side and down the other. As I walk, I will collect, as clues, objects and artifacts that are ubiquitous, typical, or mysterious, to create both a record of my walks and a portrait of the activities surrounding these division lines. Some questions I am interested in exploring with the routes and objects include, “do arbitrary lines on the earth create difference between one side and the other?”, “does crossing these very small borderlines have a psychological impact?”, “can you learn about a geographic area and its population by looking at its consumption and waste?”
I have not yet decided on the final form of the piece, preferring to wait until I have a larger collection of objects and have walked more borderlines. After walking my block, I anticipate expanding outward to other types of borders including the city boundary lines, the lines between neighborhoods, etc. For Compound Yellow the final form might be a book of artifacts, two lines of display tables set up to face each other, or a travelogue presentation.