Chain Me If You Can
[Questioning the agency of the human body in public space]
For 90 minutes, I lay still with hundreds of rubber band chains extending from my headpiece. Pedestrians are invited to play with the rubber chains and use the nails on the wooden sheet to secure them. The colorful rubber chains represent the extensions of one’s mind. Yet, they are used by others to chain the artist’s passive body.
This work is a visualization of how we are restrained by ideas imposed by not only others but ourselves in relationship to our physical body - gender, race, age, and size. The dualism of the artist’s self-objectification and the active physical engagement of the audience challenges the participants to question what agency, vulnerability, and freedom in public mean, both for one’s mind and body.