May 27th, 2010
4:00pm - 4:05pm
New York City
Whitney Museum of American Art
75 people, 25 performances, all 6 levels of the Whitney, in 5 minutes.
Entropy Symphony is the melodious cacophony from the inevitable decay of a closed system.
In other words, the music that is made when the gears momentarily grind to a halt.
The symphony was created by the sound of walkie talkies all going off at the same time
as the guards attempted to respond to 25 emergencies at once.
Trailer for full video, 2:14min
(in this still taken by Dominika Michalowska, I am stealing the forged Charles Ray)
The entire performance began months before May with me growing a full
(and quite shaggy) beard, as well as long hair and getting contact lenses
(which I haven't worn since high school).
I then replicated one of Charles Ray's watercolor flowers from the biennial.
On the day of the performance I snuck the painting into the Whitney and right before 4pm,
while dressed in suit and tie, pretended to steal the fake from the wall.
I used my own mother as a concerned (and then outraged) museum patron, who began screaming,
"STOP HIM!!! HE SWITCHED THAT PAINTING!!!!!"
all the while chasing me as I made a mad dash down the stairs starting from the fourth floor.
(video still by Jomar Statkun)I made it to the second floor, with the guards hot on my trail when a
(video still by Emma Hall)
(video still by Amanda Cole)8 people wrestle in a no holds barred scrum for a frozen duck
(video still by Amanda Cole)
(video still by Aaron Garson)
4 different couples breaking up
-one of the couples was a lovers triangle gone wrong,
another was a couple who attempts (and succeeds!) to kiss a stranger to get back at their lover
(video still by Aaron Garson)A violent fight between two friends, one of whom happens to be on crutches
(video still by Jomar Statkun and Nadja Frank)A couple having loud and very real sex in the men's bathroom stall
(video still by Aaron Garson)4 people smoking in the museum (one of them as a beligerent, shoplifting drunk)
(video still by Ross Elgie)A man had a seizure, a fake doctor attempted to help him
(video still by Ross Elgie)A naked man has an art critique in the buff with a clothed opponent
(photo by Eric Clinton Anderson)A man spills hot coffee on an infant pressed up against a mother's breast,
(photo still by Sarah Petersiel)A naked woman enacts Duchamp's classic painting 'Nude Descending the Staircase' in the main stairwell
(photo by Eric Clinton Anderson)A massive paper airplane fight
(video still by Janet Elliott)I then got my hair cut, shaved, put my contacts in, changed clothes, posture and accent and
(video still by Janet Elliott)
Thank you to the most talented performers in the world:
M. Elizabeth Barrett
R. Scott Porter
...and to those who wished to remain nameless....
Also, a special thank you to the guards of the Whitney and the other staff
you have made one of my dreams come true,
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