So.. a couple of days ago I became intrigued with a performance art piece going on in Williamsburg. Seems two artists designed a human sized hamster wheel *or should I say humster wheel * that they are living on for ten days.
Artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley call their piece “in orbit” and speak of collaboration and cooperation, both of which are essential components of the installation. I didn’t know what to expect before going. I had read a few pieces questioning the whys and a few descriptions but I really wasn’t prepared to actually enjoy it.
Every single activity requires they work together. If one goes to bed, they both go to bed. If one wants to sit and read at a chair, they both must sit at the chair. After 10 days I think I would be heading to the woods in order to try to get my own life back or at the very least locking myself in my own bathroom for a day and a half.
In the end the final message for me: we are living in an Ikea world.
I am still questioning within myself why I enjoyed this when usually I have to nod and pretend to get things in order to not appear a troglodyte in someone else’s world. Maybe it is because of the extreme commitment a piece like this takes, maybe it is the synchrony and cooperation, the perfect balance of the spinning wheel. Or maybe it is simply because in the end it made me giggle. Oh and the Boiler Room, worth seeing with or without an exhibit, what a great space!
For more information about “in orbit” check out these links