Let The Work Be What It Wants To Be: Responding to found material with curiosity and artistry

Using found reels of an old wire recorder from the 1950's, interdisciplinary artist Alison S. M. Kobayashi created her performance piece, "Say Something Bunny!" heralded by the New York Times as “forthrightly funny and briefly pornographic, it is also sneakily moving."

Using found reels of an old wire recorder from the 1950's, interdisciplinary artist Alison S. M. Kobayashi created her performance piece, "Say Something Bunny!" heralded by the New York Times as “forthrightly funny and briefly pornographic, it is also sneakily moving."

For her session, you're invited to participate in an excerpt of the piece, then investigate the performance as a case study in interpreting archival materials through imagination. Kobayashi will share approaches to unearthing stories in found objects, using structure to embrace chance and discovery, and layering storytelling that both engages and challenges audiences.


Featuring

Alison S. M. Kobayashi

Alison S. M. Kobayashi (@asmkobayashi) is an interdisciplinary artist, creator of Say Something Bunny! and Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art.