17 Minutes

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From Personal to Public

Every 17 minutes, someone commits suicide in the United States.” 17 Minutes is a video blog/performance project by Chris Barr. Each day he spends 17 minutes standing next to a tree, collapsing at end of the duration. Using time as a signifer, this ritual offers a place of reflection to the viewer and the artist, and deals with the specific circumstance of his own brother’s suicide. As a reenactment it aims to be reminder of the life he is engaged in.

The project plays with the diaristic characteristics of blogs to move personal moments into the public/political sphere.