Touching 1000 People
Performance intervention and photographs
I read a study that suggested that when people are subtly touched, it can affect their behaviour and well being. For a month I went out of my way to delicately bump, rub past, and tap 1000 strangers in the city. I touched commuters, shoppers, cashiers and taxi cab drivers on the street, on the metro, in shops and in museums. The exercise was like a minimalist performance. I was exploring the smallest possible gesture, and how it could create an effect in public.
The action was performed for one month in various locations in Montreal in 2001, and repeated for ten days across the city of Vancouver in 2003.
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