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PARTICIPANT INTERVIEW: Nate Hill

What are you working on now and how does the piece in Conflux relate?

Free Bouncy Rides started in 2009 as an independent, public performance. In retrospect, it used spectacle and repetition to achieve notoriety through word of mouth and blog coverage. Most of my performance work that followed did the same. Now in 2012 it was time for a change. Wolfie, my current project, rejected spectacle even though it is also a masked, outlandish character. It did this by denying my audience any pictures or videos of the project whatsoever and denying traditional press/blog “ride-a-long” coverage which before had been the traditional dispersion of my work. I’ve only provided an eye witness written account. Why? Because I’m interested in how my audience can fill in the blanks with their imagination rather than being spoon-fed a brightly colored image. Will they follow? Will they imagine? Is the project still compelling? Will the blogs who loved my spectacles in the past, love my non-spectacle? So far, the answer is no. After over a month of Wolfie, I have concluded that without spectacle, Wolfie gets no press even though it is the same type of project I have always done just without a picture or video! Even a close artist friend last night, when asked how he would have done Wolfie differently, described a character who is all spectacle.

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