An artist walks into a bar
As part of an exhibition at Mother New York. A performance was accompanied by a midtown billboard, three collages and an audio tour of the works.
In a 5‘ x 8‘ room - a stand up comedian performs alone. Their audience (approximately 150 people) sits on bleacher seating in an adjacent larger room listening to the performer. The comedian performs a deadpan set without a direct relationship and response from the audience.
This action replaced an artist talk.
We’ve all been to them, we’ve all wanted to leave them - artists talks are hit and miss. And rather than succumb an audience to this chance failure, I offered to provide entertainment. And what was most surprising? Empathy. The audience (understanding the discomfort of the comedian making their way through 5 minutes alone) was patient, and midway through offered their support by laughing louder.