An experiment in Living, 3 days a prisoner in my apartment
From May 2 to May 5, two strangers, Michael Lewis (prisoner) and Jana Leo (host), lived together. Michael Lewis, who was on parole, agreed to become a voluntary prisoner. The terms of agreement were: stay in Jana Leo’s apartment for three days (72 hours from Friday, May 2, at 10 am to Monday, May 5, at 10 am) in exchange for a $200 payment.
Two cameras, one in the studio and one in the kitchen, take time-lapse photographs. “Beyond living together we have a task to do; I have to make sure the cameras take time lapses automatically; Michael is required to write a daily log of what we are doing; Surveillance videos pose the question: do our lives make less sense when they are on display? What does one write about when there is little going on between two people sharing a home?”
An Experiment In Living: Three Days Hosting a Prisoner, seeks to present a practical alternative to the privatization of prisons, incarceration as an industry, the growth of poverty and isolation in civil life, and the lack of political and social movements in which any resident can host and cohabitate with a prisoner in his or her apartment. Three days a prisoner in my apartment is setting a precedent, being the first of this kind of experiment.