On July 28th and 29th, artist Chin Chih Yang presented his interactive performance art piece, “Kill Me or Change”, in front of the Queens Museum of Art. 30,000 aluminum cans were dropped on the artist in an effort to call attention to the effects of over-consumption in modern society.
Chin Chih Yang and his crew collected 30,000 aluminum cans-the average number of cans one person throws away over a lifetime-and contained them in a mesh net suspended 30 feet above ground in a crane which hovered over the audience. The contents of the net were released onto Yang’s head, in a colorful and overwhelming display of aluminum waste. By showing, quite literally, the suffocating effects of one person’s personal polluting, Yang hopes this piece will serve as a call to action for audience members to examine their habits of personal consumption.
“Kill Me or Change” was presented at the Queens Museum of Art, located at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, July 28 and on Sunday, July 29, 2012.
About the Artist:
Multidisciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, and has resided for many years in New York City, where he studied at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. Among other honors, he has been a recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Franklin Furnace, and a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has granted him a Swing Space residency at Governors Island.
His interests in ecology and constructed environments have resulted in interactive performances and installations that have been exhibited widely in North America, Europe, and Asia, in such spaces as Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, the Union Square Park, the Chelsea Museum, Queens Museum, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Exit Art, the Flux Factory and Taipei Art Fair, the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival. Exhibitions and performances include: “America is Looking”, which was selected by the Bronx Council on the Arts. A great proponent of public art, Yang has enacted his projects in outdoor spaces, including the UN, where he infamously projected a giant Taiwanese flag onto the building, and Union Square Park, the site of his recent popular art event, “Burning Ice” and “World Peace”.
This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Additional support provided through the New York Foundation of the Arts, Crystal Foundation, Taiwanese American Arts Council, The Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in NY, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Asian Arts & Culture Center – Towson University, Passport to Taiwan, Taiwan Tzu-Chi Foundation, USA project and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.