Friday, October 10, 2008

Campaign Fatigue: Join Hilary Meehan Downtown

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Tired of the election season? Got a bad case of campaign fatigue? The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has a solution with Hilary Meehan’s Running for Her Life Campaign Kick-Off Performance Speech on Jacome Plaza, downtown Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.

If you're heading downtown for Tucson Meet Yourself (and you should be--I recommend the sweet potato pie from the bBptist church booth), give this Hilary a try. I wanted to find out how I can be one of her embed supporters. That would be cool.

From the MOCA press release this week:

“Campaign fatigue” got you down? Feeling alienated from the political process? Come to the launch of Meehan’s Running for Her Life campaign, a site-specific performative and interactive project that is equal parts political satire and self-help manual. Meehan will be launching her Tucson campaign with a free public performance speech on Jacome Plaza (on Stone Ave., between Alameda and Pennington) on Saturday, October 11, at 11am – just in time for the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival and November’s elections.

Taking cues simultaneously from the self-help industry and the landscape of the contemporary political campaign industry, Meehan’s campaign is as much a manifesto about living one’s own life – rather than one dictated by “the powers that be – as a critique of the shallow spin cycle that is our contemporary electoral process. Meehan’s project loosely chronicles her own life, examining her choice to commit to a life of art in a culture that doesn’t legitimize that path, preferring instead the metrics of free-market capitalism and the validating categories of census bureau demographics. Meehan’s public performance takes the guise of a campaign launch in a public plaza complete with stump speech, political posters, and “embedded” supporters.

About Hilary Meehan:

Meehan is a visual and conceptual artist working across the disciplines of performance and design. A recent participant in MOCA’s Artist-in-Residence program, she holds an MFA in Print Media from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BED in Architecture from Miami University.


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