This participatory sculpture is based on the interactions of a bouncer and patrons of a bar or club. It began by considering the bouncer as an everyday performance in the nightlife of the city. They act as a liminal figure between the public street space and a private commercial venue. Like any figure of authority, they can maintain order through the threat of potential violence or through perception and mediation tactics. In order to be given access inside, the visitor establishes a relationship with the bouncer. There is an intimacy in the process of having your identification checked and having a stamp placed on your hand or wrist. This piece highlights an often overlooked figure and delineates a space, through the long LED-lit canopy, of this intimate relationship.
salvaged furniture, aluminum, fabric, LED lighting, electrical wiring.
14’ x 2’ x 5’