HAPPY BIRTHDAY VITO ACCONCI!
When I first encountered Vito Acconci’s Following Piece, a work in which he decided to follow random people on the streets of NYC, I assumed it reflected a kind of insulated conceptional exclusiveness. That the work was only fascinated with the process of documenting the artist’s movements in a public space and ignoring the total weirdness of stalking people.
I responded with Vito Acconci ain’t from my neighborhood, a photo series that parodied Following Piece by imagining the effects of performing it on the blighted inner-city streets of my home town of Kansas City, Missouri.
But I was wrong about Acconci. As Acconci moved from performance artist to architect creating otherworldly bridges and canoes with portable islands that would connect with other canoe-islanders, his ideas of societal and public interactions were realized in ways that I had not seen in the Following Piece. Simply all his body of work and what he was working towards suddenly clicked and it blew my mind.
Ever since I’ve pursued something similar in my career, following my ideas where ever they may take me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VITO and THANK YOU!