PAW @ 2014 PEN World Voices Festival
PROCESSION OF CONFESSIONS: Date and location TBA
PROCESSION OF CONFESSIONS
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, so, in the current spirit of national surveillance, Processional Arts Workshop invites you to take part in a live, collective act of exhibitionism, as we lead a Procession of Confessions. Now is your chance to admit your crimes, share sensitive personal information, or publicly flaunt your meta-data. Don’t wait for a court order! Cast off your 4th Amendment rights, and join your fellow citizens in this parade of penitents, as we fully disclose ourselves and our trespasses to the State.
As part of the 2014 PEN World Voices Festival, PAW will create “Full Disclosure” during 10 days of workshops with volunteers from the greater PEN community, exploring aspects of pageant puppetry, costume, and movement, culminating in a final procession during the Festival. The long reach of government surveillance will be personified in towering Cyclopean figures, whose probing eyes – armed with wireless camera feeds -- will troll the streets of NYC seeking willing confessors. Drawing on the dark theater of show trials and the current fears of government overreach, participants will help create the looming surveillance figures, while also crafting signage, digital portrait masks, and costumes that reveal their own self-incriminating data to be displayed along the procession route. As the central figures encounter each confessor en route, their camera-eyes will record each confession en route, creating a live video feed (to be edited post-event into a final montage of confessions). Thought-crimes, random bits of data, revelations of crimes and misdemeanors, imagined or real, will all be fodder for the all-seeing eyes, as the procession grows and we make visible what had been hidden from us all.
How to Confess:
• Join the physical procession – PAW leads workshops, costume building, performance training at Westbeth Home for Artists. Location and times TBA
• Send us an audio confession. Your voice will be incorporated with dozens of others into the soundscape for the Parade of (Un)Penitence in Washington Square Park on May 1. Sound formats and nstructions for upload TBA.
• Confess in your own neighborhood. Join our Flash Cloud and confess, wherever you are. Download simple costume instructions from the PAW Website to create your own penitent costume and mask, from ordinary household materials. Let everyone else know you plan to confess and encourage them to do the same. The more information we share, the more secure our nation will be.
This event is part of the Tenth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature bringing to New York one hundred writers from twenty-five countries to celebrate the power of the written word in action. The festival features performances, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and readings at venues crisscrossing the city, from Harlem to Wall Street. www.pen.org/festival
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