by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
We kiss in public in different cities. They walk around us, comment, laugh, look, don't look, look away uncomfortably, and look again. In this on-going project, the simple repeated gesture of the kiss tests the rules of social conduct. Why do kids stare? Adult women sneer? Men high five? And in some situations, no one looks at all. We stand; staking our place in the world, ignoring judgment, and declaring love. In a society flooded with sexuality and sexual imagery, why does an innocent kiss cause such confusion? What is this act challenging? This intimacy is too intimate live.
In the spirit of Fluxus, this video employs the kiss to highlight the accessibility of art in every moment. The kiss is a minimalist performance that explores the connection between art and the ordinary to create something extraordinary. Allen Revich, said Fluxus "makes the mundane magical". By kissing in places such as the mall, we change the landscape of normal consumer culture. Our bodies, entwined, become a sculptural intervention, playfully disrupting the shopper's course, with an act of love. There is an element of chance in the performances, as one never knows what the reaction of the public will be.