THIS.HERE. is a living installation/happening that stages intimacy as shared public value. Created by Samantha Johns & Paige Collette
1. THIS.HERE. is legitimate. 2. THIS.HERE. is a reality where intimacy is not something to be hidden. 3. THIS.HERE. is a small little scream we need you to hear. 4. THIS.HERE. [re]performs and [re]invents the identity of civilian. 5. THIS.HERE. is a long-approach to altering landscape. 6. THIS.HERE. fashions a situation to defeat oppression. 7. THIS.HERE. is a safe environment to respect, empower, & take care of yourself & others. 8. THIS.HERE. erases cultural artifacts & [re]claims love in its own image. 9. THIS.HERE. lives in the body, in the mind, in the air. 10. THIS.HERE. can be performed/lived anywhere by anyone.
September 22, 2013 University Avenue Saint Paul, MN
"The thing that probably interests me most about it is that they’re never pretending the audience isn’t there, that the audience is a passive spectator. They want to engage the audience, to pull them out of themselves for a minute or two, or ninety, and get them to really encounter what they’re seeing. It’s a conversation. Even if the audience isn’t speaking, they’re actively watching, thinking, and responding. It’s not the dreaded “audience participation” but the fourth wall is definitely a creeky old anachronism best shoved off to the side." - Matthew Everett, Twin Cities Daily Planet