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2004:
Ask Me Anything
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Interchange 2
Wish You Were Here
2003:
Notice
Hopscotch
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Four Letter Words
You Have All The Answers
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Container

Wish You Were Here // Participative Group Walk & Installation


Walk participant in Chinatown

/Title of Work/ "Wish You Were Here"
/Medium/ Participative Group Walk & Installation
/Dimensions/ variable (multiple 4" x 6" postcards in installation)
/Date/ May 2004

"Wish You Were Here" is an exploration of well-known tourist locations in New York City, and the narratives that are constructed about them by souvenir postcards.

"Wish You Were Here" participants visit a traditionally tourist-oriented spot, experience the place through the activity of a walk, and create an alternate viewpoint by making their own postcards. The participants construct an alternative narrative to a "popular" or supposedly "known" place like Times Square, Grand Central Station, or Chinatown. The project engages the participants to step beyond the commonly accepted/constructed narrative of a place, to create a (perhaps) more authentic one, or at least a more personal narrative. The project challenges both New York residents and out-of-town visitors to experience a tourist destination in a manner different from the norm.

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Digging into the postcard construction kit (DJH)

Writing down "Before" impressions... (DJH)
Chinatown walk participants set off
Chinatown walk participants set off (JW)
Stopping to create a postcard
Stopping to create a postcard (JW)
Taking a picture for a postcard
Taking a picture for a postcard (JW)
Taking a picture for a postcard
Taking a picture for a postcard (JW)
Taking a picture for a postcard...
Taking a picture for a postcard... (JW)
... and the resulting postcard
... and the resulting postcard (DJH)
Grand Central Station walk participant
Grand Central Station walk participant (DJH)
Making a postcard at Grand Central Station
Making a postcard at Grand Central Station (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Postcard, Chinatown
"Found Object" postcards, Chinatown (DJH)
Postcard, Times Square
"Smells" postcard, Times Square (DJH)
Postcard, Chinatown
"Found Object" postcard, Chinatown (DJH)
Postcard, Times Square
"Something Unexpected" postcard, Times Square (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Postcard, Chinatown
"Sketch Something" postcard, Chinatown (DJH)
Postcard, Chinatown
"Something Unexpected" postcard, Chinatown (DJH)
Postcard, Times Square
"Five Words & A Picture" postcard, Times Square (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Postcard, Grand Central Station
"Five Words & A Picture" postcard, Grand Central Station (DJH)
Postcard, Grand Central Station
"Found Object" postcard, Grand Central Station (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Installation view
Installation view (DJH)
Postcard, Chinatown
"Five Words & A Picture" postcard, Chinatown (DJH)
Postcard, Grand Central Station
"Smells" postcard, Grand Central Station (DJH)
Postcard, Grand Central Station
"Smells" postcard, Grand Central Station (DJH)
Postcard, Grand Central Station
"Sounds" postcard, Grand Central Station (DJH)
Photo Credits: JW - Joshua Weiner; DJH - D. Jean Hester
All Photos © 2004

Exhibition History:

May 13 - May 16, 2004 - Group Show - Psy.Geo.Conflux 2004 @ Participant Inc. Gallery, New York City, NY