Custom-designed wetnaps, newspaper publication, 20’x10’ fireworks projection in Oppenheimer Park with 4th of July barbecue Instant Coffee Studios in Vancouver, B.C.
What is the function of documenting a celebration or an experience, and what are the tools that we employ in order to circulate those snapshots? Tumblr vs. scrapbooks. Showing your nephew how to launch a bottle-rocket vs. watching fireworks from a downtown rooftop with a beer in hand. Symbolic cultural values vs. realized collective actions. What room do these disconnects leave for direct political participation?
For To Ourselves and Our Posterity, RECESS celebrated the Fourth of July in a place that only knows it by proxy. We compiled a facsimile of The New York Times compiling information from interviews with local area residents, editorials written by Mainlanders, and social media; custom wetnaps were produced in takeaway piles in sizes corresponding to the amount of USD spent on American flags produced in China for the fourth of July in 2000, 2001, and 2002. A livestream of fireworks and a celebratory barbecue accompanied the exhibition.