Subjects is a project I made in April 2011. Using the format of a reality television show, I aimed to share a real-life connection with others and critique the very idea of Reality TV. People would come in off the street and talk about their problems, fears, anxieties, traumas, boredom, whatever. The interivews took place on camera, and in front of large, street-facing windows, with the audio broadcast outside to the audience of gallery-goers, passers-by and other interviewees. The unedited footage was played on a loop throughout the week, and new episodes were posted online weekly.
At the end of the project, Subjects screened at a big movie theatre, and many of the Subjects attended. Afterwards, we had a panel discussion and Q&A with Dr. Bangala Duam, Paula Gardner, Dr. Celeste Thrilwell and me. It was afterwards described to me by various people as "deeply moving", "important", "life-affirming" and as "one of the most deeply bizzare experiences I have ever had."
The project is archived at www.subjectsrealitytelevision.com.
Matthew Ryan Smith wrote an essay about it, you can read it here.
I am currently planning future projects in other cities. If you are interested in hosting Subjects, please contact me through the Subjects website.
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