June 29, 2004



I am in this fun performance today (tue., 6/29) in bryant
park. Tell your boss you have a gyn-o appt. and come check
me out. There is a fun preview picture of me in this week's
Time Out.

A public intervention in Bryant Park

June 29, 2004 1-4 pm FREE
Bryant Park, NYC

Producer: Michelle Handelman
Assistant producer: Quin Charity
Sound Design: Vincent Baker
Performers: Jessye Macdowell, Benjamin Godsill, LoMa
Familar, Ann Chiaverini, Aaron Kreiswirth, Chase Granoff,
Paulina Guerrero, Danielle DiGiacomo, Tori Sparks, Ashley
Production Assistance: Zhenya Plechkina

Performance by Michelle Handelman.

Passerby is a 1-day performance in Bryant Park by
Brooklyn-based media artist Michelle Handelman. Utilizing
the public as material for this site-specific piece,
Handelman has spent a week clandestinely documenting
visitors to Bryant Park, recording their conversations,
photographing them, and taking note of their location/time
in the park. This afternoon performance will infiltrate the
usual Bryant Park lunchers with 10 performers covered in
white from head to toe, assuming poses based on
Handelman’s previous observations and emitting pre-
recorded conversations from i-pods hidden in their
costumes. Visitors to the Wi-Fi park can also access a page
on her website that day www.michellehandelman.com with
images and texts of her surveillance research, a veritable
treasure map to her glamorous ghosted figures that will be
occupy the park. Passerby is both a monument to the
everyday people who inhabit the park, and a reminder that
here is no such thing as private space in the public arena.

(more info on public.ext after the cut)

Passerby is part of the exhibition public.exe: Public
From June 12 – July 31, 2004, Exit Art will present
public.exe: Public Execution, an exhibition exploring how
artists are rearticulating the definition, distribution, and
reception of public art. public.exe: Public Execution is
organized by Michele Thursz and Anne Ellegood with
participating curator Defne Ayas.

Proposing new possibilities for the genre of public art
inspired by accessibility to and proficiency with
technological tools and their impact on cultural production
and social systems, the works in this exhibition will exist
predominantly outside the conventional white cube gallery
space. Works “on view” will be integrated into the façade of
the Exit Art building; off-site in outdoor spaces and various
arts institutions and retail stores; on the Internet; and
through a series of interventions, performances, video
programs, and panel discussions addressing a range of
topics proposed through the exhibition.

For more information, the public may call 212-966-7745
or visit www.exitart.org.

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