Sunday, December 11, 2011

Public Displays of Filming

For my "Art in Public Spaces" project in my Doing Democracy class, my group and I filmed people's reactions to two very simple questions: "Where are you from?" and "Where are you going?" We did all the filming in two separate elevators: one in the Sharp Building at SAIC and one in Macy's.

The project as a whole went rather smoothly, with active participation from the public and no forced ejections by security guards. The biggest surprise for me, however, came with how willing people at Macy's were willing to talk about themselves. At SAIC, there seemed a greater level of inhibition, or just an overall desire to answer the two questions and be done with it. People at Macy's, shoppers and employees alike, wanted to know why we were doing this project and wanted to interact. It was kind of the opposite of what I expected. 

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