Any great adventures you’ve been on recently?
For Iron Maiden Artist Tours this past spring, I worked with the artist Sean Fader to make the Guided Blind Dates tour. It was an incredible experience that began with a date with two gay men playing bocce in the lawn of a museum mansion in Pelham Bay Park at 10:00 am, and ended at midnight in Coney Island after taking the Cyclone on its 85th birthday with a straight couple. The logistics of planning seven dates for various combinations of seven people throughout the day and four boroughs were mind scrambling, but amazingly everything went pretty much according to plan. And several people went on second dates afterwards! That wasn’t even in the cards of our plans, so we were pretty pleased with that. This project has opened the city up to me in ways I could never have imagined. And I’ve worked with some great artists, too.
What are you working on now and how does the piece in Conflux relate?
I’m planning the 2013 spring season of Iron Maiden Artist Tours, which I hope to make more accessible to a broader range of audience. And I’m working on a performance in November in which this persona I’ve created—Naomi Miller, Public Intellectual—will be interviewed in front of an audience. A cast of four others and myself will rotate through the two roles (NM and interviewer), exploring how and who creates such a persona and showing how anyone can don one. I’ve found that any idea I work on eventually becomes something involving collaboration, asking others for input on some random idea that’s been in my head for a few years.
Anything else you’d like to share about your recent work or involvement in Conflux?
I was circumspect about showing documentation of Iron Maiden Artists Tours. It could be so easy to dismiss or not engage with a few photos and some text. So I thought I’d solve that by making the tour office and being the tour agent, exhorting visitors to learn more about the project, its artists, the tours, and experiences. And it’s super aligned with reality because I have to sell these tours every season and it’s a challenge!
Hear Naomi speak at the Conflux Festival on Sunday, October 21 at 2pm. She will also have a booth set up all weekend at the Festival Site to discuss her project further!
Check out more : www.naomiller.com, @hotfruitcompote