This performance piece from multimedia artist Sean McGuire is currently open to accept audience participation.
From Sean’s website:
Through this performance I hope to encourage more people to verbalize what will make them happy and to utilize the jacket as a focused point of communal positive energy. A significantly higher percentage of people in the LGBTQIA+ community suffer from mental health issues compared to that of our cis-gendered heterosexual peers. Especially now while we are in isolation and many of us are separated from our chosen families. While a little reminder to be more positive and assert that what you want matters isn’t going to solve the issue it can certainly help.
This performance is made up of participants sending their desires or positive messages here, then having their messages amplified and connected to a jacket intended to be worn. To amplify these messages I will write them down and read them aloud. The visual and performative cues are inspired by the Japanese tradition of writing wishes on tanzaku during the Tananbata festival.
Participation is open to anyone who comes in contact with this work.
Sean McGuire is a Dallas based multimedia and installation artist whose work is primarily in video, lighting, animation, and puppetry. In 2013 he began wearing glasses full time and received his BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work is often abstract with a comedic flair and has handcrafted qualities focused on retaining a human connection through the artist’s hand.