"(Meant to be) Lost and Found" Displaced-correspondence-as-public-art by Anthony Discenza, Charles Gute, Jonn Herschend, and Jamie Hilder
October 22 - 26, 2009
All sorts of places New York, New York
Project Description: For this
collaboration with Invisible Venue (IV) Anthony Discenza, Charles Gute, Jonn Herschend, and
Jamie Hilder have each created artworks that resemble correspondence. Each
artist was invited to create work inspired by the accidental intimacy and
curiosity of discovering someone's lost communication, such as the discovery
of a handwritten letter blowing in the wind. In turn, 100 reproductions of
these pieces of 'correspondence' will be left in random public spaces* throughout the city to
mediate chance encounters with an unquantifiable public audience.
In this site-specific collaboration with Invisible Venue, Jonn Herschend investigates the disappearance of the man through interviews and reenactments with local residents and acquaintances. A video documentary by Herschend provides key insights, though few answers, about the man’s disappearance. The scene of his disappearance is open for public examination. The man's personal effects, his journal and intimate correspondence are accessible to visitors. Everything is exactly as it was when he disappeared.