Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement – Election Day

 

On November 8th 2016 we together made history and created a unique piece of artwork, a collaborative piece made by hundreds of New Yorkers from all walks of life, ages and many languages on Union Square in the heart of New York city.

It was a Collective Iconoclastic Street Art and Graffiti Project, the skin of a strange animal cast on the side of Union Square. As imagesurgeon noted, The People have the power! ( if they did but realise it?) Iconoclasm is a way of intelligently re establishing that power.

Two weeks later I took the same piece of canvas to Leicester Square and asked Londoners of all walks of life to write me a message, on Brexit and life. Here is the result:

 

Memory Replacement – Election Day performance piece by Mirena Rhee



We had our memory replaced this Election Day. Memory Replacement was a success. Results also on facebook, and here.

 

This is about giving people weapons – little arrows of brushes and sharpies, and oddly enough people use these weapons to express their feelings of belonging and joy of one another. I want to use these tiny weapons to bring the best in people, a moment of joy with an arrow of paint. Where people from all walks of life put there heads together in a brief moment, a second of color.

Where day traders and day schoolers doodle together on the sidewalk.

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One of the aims of the work is honesty via immediacy, unexpected interaction, friendly confrontation on the street and eliciting the same in people I met. Because I was not protected or tasked by an institution and there was no institutional context to my work – myself, the work and the result were entirely at the mercy of complete and unbridled honesty. . I surely relied on everyone being at least a bit nonplussed and curious and to have no time to feel self-conscious or deliberate. . And thirdly ( something imagesurgeon correctly noted ) I was a living sounding board placed on one hand between a guy who was shining shoes and on the other a couple of masked guys who were selling bricks (yeah, the real kind).

With the understanding that Union Square has always been a place of gathering and dissent. via imagesurgeon: .

The People have the power! ( if they did but realise it?) Iconoclasm is a way of intelligently re establishing that power.

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Photographs of my Memory Replacement – Election Day performance on Union Square. Photos by Ian Mack – ianmackstudios.com

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Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

 

 


The beginning of my Memory Replacement – Election Day performance on Union Square

This is about the simple joy of saying hello to a stranger in the city I love. Not the love of a puppy for his master but the acknowledgment of other humans in this vast universe for some unknown reason clinging to a tiny rock. And I am on a sidewalk just being totally odd and I love it.

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Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

 

Messages written during Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Messages written during Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Messages written during Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

Messages written during Memory Replacement Election Day - Performance on Union Square in New York by Mirena Rhee

 

Spontaneous Angels of Memory Replacement - Union Square

Spontaneous Angels of Memory Replacement - Union Square

Spontaneous Angels of Memory Replacement - Union Square

 

If you didn't get a chance to have your memory replaced this Election Day

DIY emergency kits are available

http://xquisitecorpse.org/mred/