[spectre] Announcing The Exchange Program and The Essential Guide to
Performing Michael Mandiberg
Fri, 19 Apr 2002 20:34:02 -0700
Beginning April 20th, 2002, eight collaborators will switch places
and props - essentially, switch lives - for ten days, and 'play' each
other. The collaborators will each create instructions on how to "be"
or "perform" themselves, turning personality into character, and
foregrounding the performativity of daily life. This project was
conceived and organized by Michael Mandiberg in collaboration with
the participants; the following eight artists will be realizing this
collaborative project in Los Angeles, and Toronto: Heather Cassils,
Lauren Hartman, Sara Jordeno, Curt Lemeiux, Michael Mandiberg,
Melanie Nakaue, Amy Satterthwaite, and Haruko Tanaka.
The participants will go into this exchange with a group suspension
of disbelief, occupying the other person's name, space, friends,
family, jobs, and possessions, and letting go of their own. The goal
of the project is to create a space of experiment and adventure for
those who interact with us and thus with our replacements. Rather
than approaching the project aiming to achieve a specific controlled
goal ("to achieve slippages where we pass for each other," "to create
repeated moments of rupture, where it is clear that this is a
performance, even a charade," "to make people aware of their own
gender, or racial performativity," etc.) the participants will
approach the performance as an improvisation where many things will
happen - probably different from what might be predicted, but no less
exciting or productive.
To facilitate these exchanges, each person has created a set of
information or instructions for the person replacing them; some of
these will be available on the website. Each participant will be
documenting their experience, and the collected documentation will be
available on the website http://ExchangeProgram.org, and on an
interactive DVD which will be released in July.
In conjunction with The Exchange Program, Michael Mandiberg announces
the launch of The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg.
(http://turbulence.org/Works/guide) Part users manual, part
experimental self-portraiture, The Essential Guide to Performing
Michael Mandiberg is an on-line tutorial to teach his collaborator
the details of performing his persona. The Essential Guide to
Performing Michael Mandiberg inserts biographical information into
the structure of a user manual, turning personality into procedures,
situations, and props. Well illustrated with photographs and
diagrams, the guide moves from the early skill building chapters
Character Traits and Social Behavior, to the important Friends
chapters, and on through functional Physical Presentation.
The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg is a 2002
commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence
web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome
For information please contact either Michael Mandiberg at
Michael@Mandiberg.com or 661-257-2376, or all of the participants at