How Would YOU Disappear in America?

This photo was chosen at random from friends of The Talent Show at the Henry's Facebook page.

We asked for your responses to weekly screenings of “How to Disappear in America” in the Student Tech Lounge. Here is what some of you had to say:

“Disappearing is easy. Do not sign up for a Facebook. Contribute nothing to YouTube. I would bring along my bicycle nicknamed “The Mighty One”. I would go to the gym. Never pay taxes to cover your tracks.”

“I would bring my little stuffed wolf, cut my hair short and start wearing makeup and gain or lose weight. To avoid residence, but maintain hygiene, I would join a 24 hour gym. I would shower and work out at night to stay off the streets.”

“I would get a lot of cash- lots, and pay off all bills. I would get rid of the car and buy a very sturdy bike. I would start riding towards the West Coast. To disappear, don’t call anyone. Abandon email. LIVE.”

Don’t miss the last screening of “How To Disappear in America”, this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm in the Henry’s Student Tech Lounge. To find out more about this screening, and the Talent Show at the Henry, “like” us at: http://www.facebook.com/TalentShowHenry. And don’t forget to visit The Talent Show before it closes on August 21st!

Have you seen these posters?

So you’ve “liked” The Talent Show on Facebook. Perhaps you’ve also told us how you would go about disappearing in a modern and digitally reliant America.

This poster set puts its participants (YOU!) on view outside the Henry’s auditorium. Photos have been taken from friends of the Talent Show at the Henry’s Facebook page, and quotes are responses to our weekly film screening of How To Disappear in America.

This project was designed to explore themes that thread through The Talent Show, such as performance, the notions of “private”and “public” space and the act of viewing or being viewed. While Facebook is a popular forum for meeting new friends and re-connecting with old ones, it also allows an opportunity to stitch together digitally fabricated versions of ourselves- selves that will become permanent fixtures in the digital ether.

Come check out these fabulous posters to see if YOUR Facebook photos or responses have been included- and definitely don’t forget to re-visit The Talent Show before it closes on August 21st!

How Would YOU Disappear in America?

This photo was chosen at random from friends of The Talent Show at the Henry's Facebook page.

We asked for your responses to weekly screenings of “How to Disappear in America” in the Student Tech Lounge. Here is what some of you had to say:

“Easy. I would just come back to China.”

“I would bring a violin, music, and cash, and would probably travel to California. I would invent a pseudonym or use a disguise. I would let family and friends know what was going on. It would be hard to remain anonymous if the police did a search. I would fake my death perhaps? I would try to stay underground or out of the public eye for a year.”

“I would learn some French and go to Montreal, Quebec.”

“In order to disappear from my current lifestyle, I would hitchhike out of state, bringin with me only the clothes on my back and some cash- Christopher McCandless style. I would just disappear. No disguise. No pseudonym. BYE!”

To participate, and to contribute your own response, check out “How To Disappear in America”, screened every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm in the Henry’s Student Tech Lounge. To find out more about this screening, and the Talent Show at the Henry, “like” us at: http://www.facebook.com/TalentShowHenry

How Would YOU Disappear in America?

This photo was chosen at random from friends of The Talent Show at the Henry's Facebook page.

We asked for your responses to weekly screenings of “How to Disappear in America” in the Student Tech Lounge.  Here is what some of you had to say:

“My new name would be Nora Dawson. I would go to HAWAII! I would bring my best friend and niece Samantha, a swimming suit, my laptop, a couple thousand dollars, AND my chapstick- of course. I would cover my tracks by ditching the cell phone and deleting Facebook!”

“I would bring a change of clothes and money. I don’t know where I would go… anywhere I guess. I would use disguises: wigs, crazy clothes, makeup. I would cut off all communication.”

“I would bring nothing but cash, a computer, sleeping bag and tent. I would travel to a small, rural college town. I would invent a pseudonym, but would not use disguises. Faking your own death would be most effective, because no one would look for you if you did it well. It would be very hard to pull off! Another big obstacle would be inventing a personal back story. I would have to be able to describe my invented hometown, high school and childhood in high detail.”

“In order to make a complete transition and change who you are you must break yourself down completely. You would have to erase all ties, and cut off communications with everyone you know. Then you can start the rebuild phase. I would only bring myself a change of clothes and a little money. I would change my name and develop a fake English accent (or maybe Irish, I’m not sure yet).”

To participate, and to contribute your own response, check out “How To Disappear in America”, screened every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm in the Henry’s Student Tech Lounge. To find out more about this screening, and the Talent Show at the Henry, “like” us at: http://www.facebook.com/TalentShowHenry

How to Disappear in America (Part Two)

The Henry’s upcoming exhibit The Talent Show (May 7th-August 21st), deals with themes of performance, the notions of “private” and “public” space and the act of viewing or being viewed.

So, what better way to explore these themes than through Facebook? Beloved (or resented) by many, Facebook is an increasingly popular and ever expanding forum for meeting friends and reconnecting with old ones. It also gives us an opportunity to tailor our online “selves” by choosing favorite books, movies, TV shows, quotes, and photos that best represent whatever persona we wish to project. We declare our political and religious preferences, and announce the beginning or end of romantic relationships. Consciously and subconsciously, we stitch together digitally fabricated versions of ourselves, created solely for the perusal of our friends, families and coworkers.

In this sense, aren’t our online “selves” already performing on a digital “stage”? Aren’t our Facebook “selves” already public “selves”? Why not take it to a whole new level?

Participating in our web project “How to Disappear in America Part Two” is as easy as “liking” The Talent Show’s Facebook page. This will allow the Henry to access to your Facebook photos to use in exhibition-related blog posts, print materials, and even displayed in Molly’s café at the Henry- who knows where you’ll see YOU next!