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Art and Life by Rocio Estrada

The project closes the gap between art and life. I am really interested in the interactions between the body and everyday life and the shifting perceptions we have of ourselves when we are put in situations we are not accustomed to. Why does physically looking a different way make us not confident, self-conscious and uncomfortable?
Initially, my thought process was really scattered. The idea first came around when I encountered some physical difficulties around school. I realized how frustrated I was one day before coming into one of my art classes.  We had a lecture about the Fluxus movement and how Fluxus artists wanted to destroy the boundaries between art and life. Art can be made and found in everyday things and anyone can create it (and it was encouraged for people to produce art all the time). The process of creating is much more important than the finished product. This made me think how some performance pieces from the fluxus movement were done by providing the audience with brief instructions, allowing the participants to interpret the instructions and perform. I have been living with a spinal cord injury for fourteen years now and I sometimes joke with friends and I tell them that being in a wheelchair is an art and that is when the idea for the project started to develop.

Eva and Franco Mattes were also a very strong influence on this piece.
Eva and Franco give instructions to workers to realize webcam performances. The performers are hired through crowdsourcing services. The title on their Tumblr page reads: BY EVERYONE, FOR NO ONE, EVERYDAY. We do not know what instructions the performers are given but by watching the videos we can come up with what we think the instructions are.
The participants in the first two parts of the project are given a wheelchair and a task and the element of chance shapes the ultimate outcome of the piece.  Every single one of these situations is unique to each participant and you the viewer can interpret the work to your own experience. Every week I invited a new person to participate in this project. A poll was set up the week before where the online audience determined what the participant would be doing. I then documented their experience and thoughts.
In the first part of my project, participants were given a wheelchair and a task to perform, a task that was picked by an anonymous audience via an online poll. These tasks were mundane things of everyday life. Like grocery shopping, bar outings and doing chores at home. This part of the project addressed my frustrations because people were able to experience what it is to be in a wheelchair, even if it was for a small part of their day.
The second part is very similar to the first part in where each participant performs a task in a wheelchair, but this time there was no online poll. They were spontaneous moments where they were not given time to think about their performance. The only instruction given was: Just live your life.
The third part was more of exploring the idea of performing through technology.  This section could be performed by anyone that has a phone and that uses the internet. The instructions were: Paste your last copied text and send it to me through text message, email or IG profile. Some performed some didn’t, but they determined the outcome.