Chris Shofner

The Survey (2008)

Performance, Video, Audio

"The Survey" is an endurance challenge that utilizes video imagery appropriated from social networking sites. It is common today for people of all ages to participate in on-line surveys that their confirmed friends are privy to. I often find that when I view these surveys I am looking for more than information about my friends, but also information about myself. It becomes a very comparative study and search for normalcy. Within the framework of this survey I can determine social constructs that I will inevitably wish to conform to. During the middle of this segment of the performance I attempt to hold my breath for as long as I can without taking a breath for five minutes in order to create a metaphor for the stifling nature of this interaction. While over this duration breathing will be necessary several times, the intended effect will still eventually occur (pain).

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