METHODS OF INVISIBILITY, 2001/2009 EXCERPT 03:18, ORIGINAL RUNTIME 04:46
Methods of Invisibility was intended as an exercise in non-duality, creating work I called "Neutral Art.”. The concept was to take two binaries and merge them, creating a spectacle that was loaded but not easily decoded into one or the other. In 2001 I was preparing to cross the United States, and wanted to do so invisibly. I bought an unmarked black and white police car, two gray uniforms of different shades, and a video camera that I mounted to the interior of the vehicle’s passenger window. It occurred to me I could create a conspicuous spectacle that no one could make exact sense of. By exploiting the signifiers of authority, I became criminal and cop at once. Yet without clear identification, judgment was suspended long enough to move forward freely. Few drivers or police would provide confrontation or protest. As I drove behind people they would heed way, and as I passed I could feel them trying to read me. Shielded by confusion and anonymity I moved forward without resistance, unknown until forgotten.