IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE at ONE AND OTHER
TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON 24 July, 2009
The story: I was chosen by lottery out of over 24,000 applicants to be part of One and Other, an event curated by noted British contemporary artist Antony Gormley. He asked participants to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days between July and October, creating a portrait of the UK. A different person occupied the plinth each hour. The other three sculpture plinths in the Square are occupied by statues of kings and generals, representing the status quo of power for hundreds of years.
I expanded my work with mirrors into an interactive performance on the Fourth Plinth at 9:00 am UK time, July 24, 2009. Live webcams broadcast in real time.
Here's a three-minute video excerpt of my hour on the Fourth Plinth in London, 24 July 2009.
Statement by Antony Gormley, October 2009:
"So 100 days of continuous occupation of a statue's plinth by 2400 real people has ended. It has changed my life and that of many others. No fewer than 2,400 people from as far afield as the Shetland Islands and Penzance have occupied the plinth for sixty minutes each, picked at random from nearly 35,000 who applied.
"Who can be represented in art? How can we make it? How can we experience it? These are questions that have exercised me for years. Whether you see the plinth as a protest or pole-dance platform; studio or stocks; playpen or pulpit; as a frame for interrogation or for meditation, it has provided an open space of possibility for many to test their sense of self and how they might communicate this to a wider world."
Antony Gormley, October 2009
Donations: over 120 donors contributed to the Quilting Bee Method of Artist Funding.
Thank you all so much for getting me there.
It's clear that people have donated because of a wish to act in community and to support the arts as much as in order to support me as an individual artist. A list of donors appears below. If your name isn't there, please let me know.
The quilting bee model of fundraising: As artists, we can raise our own “grants” if we help each other; just like barn raising or a quilting bee, we can support ourselves as a community. I had this opportunity, and I asked for $10 from you. When you need a "grant", I and our community can send you our contributions.
Let’s make the Quilting Bee grant model a reality! And thanks to Allied Arts for sponsorship.
Quilting Bee Method of Artist Funding
Rosanna Albertini and Peter Kirby
Justin Gibbens and Renee Adams
Vic Haven and Dave Lipe
David Hewitt and Marcia Wagoner
Anna Marie Hong
Nina Moser and Charlie Rathbun
Mary Ann Peters
Michael Spafford and Elizabeth Sandvig
Margaret Stephens and Rodney Malham
And a HUGE thank you to Don Aupperle, who had no idea what he was getting into when he volunteered to help build the big mirror contraption...