This will be rewritten into the past tense, and to be more appropriate to how the project played out
Beginning April 20th eight collaborators will switch places and props — essentially, switch lives — for ten days, and "play" each other. We will each create instructions on how to "be" or "perform" themselves, turning personality into character, and foregrounding the performativity of daily life. This project was conceived and organized by Michael Mandiberg; the following eight artists will be realizing this collaborative project in Los Angeles, and Toronto: Heather Cassils, Lauren Hartman, Sara Jordeno, Curt Lemeiux, Michael Mandiberg, Melanie Nakaue, Amy Satterthwaite, and Haruko Tanaka.
We will go into this exchange with a group suspension of disbelief, occupying the other person's name, space, friends, family, jobs, and possessions, and letting go of their own. The goal of the project is to create a space of experiment and adventure for those who interact with us and thus with our replacements. Rather than approaching the project aiming to achieve a specific controlled goal ("to achieve slippages where we pass for each other," "to create repeated moments of rupture, where it is clear that this is a performance, even a charade," "to make people aware of their own gender, or racial performativity," etc.) we will approach the performance as an improvisation where many things will happen — probably different from what might be predicted, but no less exciting or productive.
The Exchange Program has been generously supported by Turbulence.org. The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg is a 2002 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.
Curt and Lauren
Amy and Michael
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Haruko and Melanie
Heather and Sara