Artist Seeks Typists for Letters to the President
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Artist Sheryl Oring is seeking skilled typists capable of typing on manual typewriters for a public performance called “I Wish to Say” to take place on Monday, Sept. 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. as part of CarolinaFest, the public celebration on the first day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The project is supported by the Arts & Science Council and the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee.
Typists will set up a public office in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts and ask passersby: “If I were the President, what would you wish to say to me?” Answers will be typed verbatim and incorporated into a future exhibition and artist book.
Oring, who has a long history of creating interactive public art projects, wants the public to consider what they would say to the President if they had the chance. Their thoughts will be typed verbatim by members of the typing pool on small sheets of white paper and collected for use in an exhibition and artist book.
“I think it’s important for people to voice their concerns and this project has a unique way of giving people a voice,” says Oring, who initiated the project in 2004 and has typed more than 2,000 postcards to the president in dozens of locations across the country since the project’s inception.
Oring, an assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is the recipient of awards ranging from a Creative Capital Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and has been featured as an ABC News “Person of the Week.” To learn more about Oring’s work, visit her website, IWishToSay.com.
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