the free market survival kit:
Proposal - never performed for gallery insurance and liability reasons.
Performance/Installation: The fiction that is "the free market" demands endless expansion and an ideology that identifies (and treats) the earth as both an endless resource and an endless trash can. All things are disposable, including (and sometimes especially) humans. Three million private-sector jobs have been lost since President Bush took office in January 2001, and millions more workers are concerned about their deteriorating pensions, health benefits and ability to make ends meet. In this case as always the preachers of free market ideology proclaim that in order to make jobs we must destroy jobs. Economic "security" is measured by the profits won by investors at the expense of workers. In this installation/performance the artist performs behind a wall built from plastic and duct tape. as a victim of "outsourcing" surviving in the gallery for three days with the contents of a commercially available terror survival kit. During his stay the artist will pass his time doing various activities, among them, reading John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. The piece juxtaposes the tactics of government/corporate instilled fear and diversion tactics with the current and real problems of americans. Questions: What is security, and to whom does it belong?