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Four years never felt so good A project report
by White, James Harold, III, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 10; 1507663
Abstract (Summary)

Devised as a five-day lecture that chronicled my experience during the four years it took for me to complete my graduate studies, Four Years Never Felt so Good ostensibly set out to explore the interpersonal conflicts I had during that time. The majority of the five days was spent lecturing to the back wall of the gallery with the occasional interloper who quickly left after seeing blank walls, and me behind a rolling cart with a laptop sitting on top.

The structure of the show speaks to an innate desire to be seen and heard and, at the same time, to a desire to remain hidden. I have begun to think of my work as a form of terrorism. It is often unclear who is the target (audience or participant).

On the final day of the project, we expected a huge turnout for this reading at the closing of the show. No one came. Only those who were coming to participate in the reading for our film, Party like You're in Book Club, turned out. And the line between participant and spectator was dissolved. It seemed appropriate.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cooley, Mason
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Publication Number: 1507663
ISBN: 978-1-267-18177-0
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