Directions for a cloud-crowd is a performance with artists Anne Walsh, Jim Melchert, and Michael Swaine. Beginning with the assertion that life is divided between things given and things taken the artists give and take instructions throughout this performance prompting further actions and interactions from one another. These actions create a chain of connections between people and ideas, illuminating the cloud-crowd of consequences. Throughout the performance, the audience will both bear witness to these actions and be an unwilling participant in the event. The performance reflects upon the history of instruction-based art, a major strategy used by conceptual artists such as Sol Lewitt, Allan Kaprow, and Yoko Ono.
Directions for a cloud-crowd, organized by Michael Swaine, Assistant Professor, 3D4M, is a re-staging and variation of three performances created for San Francisco’s Southern Exposure in 2015.
Directions for a cloud-crowd is presented in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery with support from the Deans Office for the College of Arts and Sciences, the UW School of Art + Art History + Design, the Wyckoff Milliman Endowment for Faculty Excellence, the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.