In the fall of 2009, I participated in “Shine a Light: A night at the Museum” at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR. The event consisted of six hours of performances, installations, tours, workshops, and games by 15 artists drawn from Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice Program. The projects were centered on artist and audience participation, each artist interacting, and intervening with the existing museum collection and context.
My contribution, titled “Smile, Your on Camera,” focused on the museum’s security system, patching a live video feed of the surveillance system into the museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. I also helped facilitate Avalon Kalin’s “Stranger Moments,” which reenacted strange moments from the lives of museum workers, performed by amateur actors. For footage of these projects and a brief interview, you can watch the provided video by Irina Karin.