THE PROPOSAL was an Interactive Art Project: An Experiment
Scroll down to see the results and read about the outcome!
 
I am inviting visitors—you—to simply draw a line and to experience the connections between Art and Life.
 
Your line may be straight or curved, long or short, it may cross others, or not; the color and technique you choose is yours to determine.
(All paints used are water-soluble before they dry.)
 
Eventually, many lines will form a network.
 
Whenever human beings live together, connections are established and a network is built.
 
The idea for this project came to me while I was working on the diptych “Migrated” (on your left as you come in through the door).
 
I cut a piece of the network out and glued it onto a second canvas.
 
Will we have the courage to cut our network? And if we do, what form will the cut out take?







My foray into Interactive Art was both a success and a failure--and an exhilarating adventure. 

It was exciting in many ways:
– meeting so many people who were willing to make the gift of a line, towards an uncertain outcome,
– experiencing the innumerable ways people made their mark, and
– seeing how every single line made a difference.
 
On a personal level, I had to struggle mightily to let go of my controlling impulses (I didn't always succeed:)
It became clear pretty fast that my original vision, to create a communal piece reminiscent of "Migrated" (the diptych which had given me this idea in the first place, see http://www.barbaraeskin.com/works/the-net-reconfigured/328) would have to be abandoned. At the same time, I was also aware of the responsibility I felt towards the participants, who had "entrusted" me with their line. I wanted to honor our agreement, although I didn't know where we were going.
 
There is a saying that "too many cooks spoil the broth". That may be so, but perhaps they will also come up with an entirely new dish. What I had envisioned as a testimony to networks, intact or broken, and the challenges of migration, turned out to be a playful, dynamic, colorful bundle of lines, a result that needed to be taken into account in the next phase: the cutting and collaging. Fortunately, I had the consent and help of two participants in this phase, at least for the first piece.
 
For the other two, the responsibility is entirely mine (there were just no visitors available at that point) and as one person had remarked, it is an awful one. How dare I cut into this web? Ouch!
Well, no matter, I dared and I hope that you will enjoy seeing the outcome!
(The cutouts of the second and third paintings were migrated onto one and the same canvas. Maybe we are coming back to the original concept of "migration", after all? Parts of different networks finding themselves mixed up with each other in a third "country"....)

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