The proposals are in! Public participation gets some role in “Save the Date”
Meet The Suitors
The proposals are in!
Kathryn has picked 6 suitors herself, and the 7th will be chosen by public vote on the Save The Date Facebook event page.
Voting will take place from August 2nd to August 3rd. The polls must close at 5pm on Friday, August 3rd - Be sure to get your vote in!
To assist in Kathryn’s (and your) decision-making, suitors have been requested to complete a short questionnaire and submit a photograph of themselves.
And now for the suitors…
Here are the fine men and women that will potentially become Kathryn’s partner for an hour on August 11, 2012 - But only if you make their dreams come true and vote for your favorite!
Before deciding to get involved, I was interested in how expanded this performance is- really beginning with opening up the call to proposals and existing primarily through social media. All the suitors have been asked to be available for a photo-shoot prior to the performance, mirroring actual overextended wedding pageantry. The shoot is connected with some major press Cornelius is expecting, really going all-out on the public spectacle of the piece. Positioning this as very much a spectacle is obviously part of the point, all the proposals and hype are pushed around through tumblr, twitter, facebook, etc- in the same way that most events, exhibitions and performances trudge around promoting themselves. She friended me on facebook after my proposal, further complicating it for me, I was going to wait to accept until after this thing, we aren’t friends, we’ve never met, but my iphone finger slipped. ha.
I wasn’t chosen as one of Kathryn’s favorites, so now I am put to a public vote as the seventh possible suitor. This is the part I’m still most lost on, dividing up authorship in a heavy-sided way, she picks six, audience picks one. I don’t really understand opening up one slot in mimicry of audience-participatory reality TV, and choosing the rest herself. I get that marriage is complex but the intention in this feels convoluted- hoping that as the piece evolves a purpose will become clear. That said, I’m drawn to playing with suspense in extending performance to have a long life in distinct stages. The risk in drawing out a public display of the production of the piece is that audience has the opportunity to dissect and interpret it before the actual piece is performed, and in that I think this whole performance could be either intrepid in its openness or too concerned with hype and reach.
I’m also totally drawn to the distinctly humiliating aspect of the whole process, the embarrassment of making public the proposals and trite dating profile kind of responses to her questions, and her total disengagement (get it?) by writing herself as this blank narcissistic character, asking for adoration and participation without foreseeable return, speaking in endless cliches. She’s putting herself out to be courted in a way that really evades revealing of herself by exposing others, differing judgement away from herself to participants. A dating show with de Sade? I’d watch that.
Cornelius is successfully constructing a metaphor for a relationship I really don’t want to be in, is that the point? Stay posted as I keep posting about this.
I answered the questions in much the same way that I’ve played with OKcupid, vague and terse- uncomfortable, so guardedly I play disinterested. I’m not good at relationships, and particularly ones that start in trying to sell myself through language.
I’m voting for Perth O’Duibhdiorma!
Question #1 - What is your horoscope sign? I do not submit to heathen superstitions, thank you very much.
Question #2 - What is your hometown? Centralia, PA
Question #3 - What is your occupation? Marketing Director of the Santorum Presidential Campaign
Question #4 - What is your favorite sport activity? Dressage
Question #5 - What is your favorite ice cream flavor? No Icecream. Vanilla FroYo (don’t wanna turn into a Tubby-wad)
Question #6 - What is your favorite movie of all time? Mrs. Doubtfire 2: Fire in the Hole
Question #7 - What is your favorite book (or author) of all time?Gargantua and Pantagruel
Question #8 - What is your favorite band of all time? Gogol Bordello
Question #9 - Who is your favorite artist of all time? Erwin Wurm
Question #10 - If you could be anywhere doing anything right now besides this, where and what would it be? The past, present and future are written in braille upon God’s beard, if I were not here, I would be in heaven, stroking his every strand.