The sun came out this past Sunday to activate the artifacts of Jenny Marketou’s “Sunspotting a Walking Forest.” This was crucial because every prop element created for this performance on the High Line was comprised of brilliant colors, reflective material or photosensitive paint. The photochromic ink utilized in the construction of the banners literally exposed and underexposed beneath the sun – an attribute selected by the artist to further animate the props’ messages during the performance. All messages included in the props (t-shirts, flags & banners) were created by Chelsea community members ranging from 11 to 70 years in age as commentary of their lives. To share their messages the performance deliberately appropriated motifs of protest such as processions, attractive signage, and the “sit-in” action to engage the public while aiming to open dialogue within the community and form new relationships to each other and the space co-inhabit. Overall, the performance did do just that, as many park goers were quite curious and excited by the event. + more
Check out some images from the event below:
Photography by Julián Rotela Rosow
Photochromic ink for this project was generously donated by Matsui International, Inc.