Rivane Neuenschwander: I Wish Your Wish

From the Artforum review of Rivane Neuenschwander’s mid-career survey, including Eu desejo o seu desejo (I Wish Your Wish) by Michael Wilson:

I WISH LIFE WAS EASY; I WISH FOR INNER PEACE; I WISH FOR A HOLIDAY ON THE BEACH. The last of these pleas–all samplings from Rivane Neuenschwander’s participatory installation Eu desejo o seu desejo (I Wish Your Wish)–seemed not only the most achievable ambition but also the most timely, as guests arriving late to the Brazilian artist’s Tuesday night opening at the New Museum looked distinctly soggy after a summer storm. The mottos were printed on ribbons arranged around the walls of the lobby, and viewers were invited to take and wear one in exchange for suggestions of their own.

From an interview on ArtBlog with New Museum’s Curatorial Associate Benjamin Godsill, “Ribbons printed with wishes from visitors at previous exhibitions hang on the wall.  You take the ribbon, tie it on your wrist, and then replace it with a wish of your own.  The wish comes true when the ribbon wears off your wrist.  So by participating in this you are helping someone else’s wish to come true.” From the NYTimes review, “It’s modeled on a tradition from the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in Bahia, Brazil: worshipers tie brightly colored silk ribbons to their wrists and wear them until they fall off, at which point their wishes are granted.”

Vaguely reminds me of the I Wish This Was project that Josh talked about a little while ago, though I enjoy that these wishes expand beyond the immediacy of the space (but it would be interesting to see this installed somewhere on an exterior wall). I saw the coverage for this show over the summer and really wished I had been able to see it… conceptualism, reciprocal art, participatory exchange, etc. A simple idea with an explosion of scale, it’s something we might keep in mind.

Our Ribbons Have Arrived

For our upcoming Sites of Apology / Sites of Hope event (a part of our ongoing Save the City project), we’ll be asking for your participation to help us come up with a list of those very things — the places around Windsor for which we need to apologize, and the places for which we can have hope.

After making these lists on February 28th, we’ll be heading out around the city to official recognize all of these sites with the help of two large ribbons, one of which you can see above.

The box arrived yesterday, the ribbons are amazing and huge. It’s going to be great.

Broken City Lab: Save the City is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Researching Ribbons, Preparing for this Week’s Events

Tuesday was all about research. We looked up some more details on ribbons and talked more about how we would move forward with the Sites of Apology / Sites of Hope event.

We’re also getting ready for Sunday’s event, Listen to the City (remember, 8pm at Phog), and for Thursday night’s projection performance at Propeller in Toronto.

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