Seat Assignment
Photographs, digital images, video and sound (2010 and ongoing)

Seat Assignment consists of photographs, video, and sound works, all made in flight using only a camera phone and improvising with materials close at hand. The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010; the material generated on the one hundred and seven flights (as of August 2013) since then constitute the raw material of the project.

Seat Assignment is born from an investment in thinking on your feet, from optimism about the artistic potential that lurks within the mundane, and from curiosity about the productive tension between freedom and constraint.

Watch a video with imagery from Seat Assignment here

As Seat Assignment progresses, thematic categories have started to emerge. You can browse a small selection of them here.

Landscapes

High-Altitude Spirit Photography

Buckleheads

Disasters

Provisional Shelters

Creatures

Window Seat Suprematism (photos)

Window Seat Suprematism (etchings)

Sweater Gorillas

Athletics

Top Doctors in America

Proposals for Public Sculpture

Sleepers

Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style

Birds of New Zealand


Seat Assignment was exhibited for the first time in February 2011 at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, a museum in the city of Dunedin on South Island in New Zealand. Since I had 22 hours of flight time from New York to get to the Dunedin I proposed to make the bulk of the work for the exhibition on the way there. In the exhibition, two of the three galleries focused on work made entirely en route. A third room contained works that functioned as a retrospective look on the first year of the project.

Installation shots from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition

Catalog essay co-written by Nina Katchadourian and Aaron Kriesler, chief curator at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, about the concepts and methodology behind the project.



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