May 25–26, 2011
Beginning at 5pm on May 25, 2011, Man Bartlett (@manbartlett) will spend twenty-four consecutive hours inside New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. During this time, he will ask two questions—“Where have you been?” and “Where are you going?”—of people following the project online and those he encounters in person, and collect their stories. While the artist navigates the terminal’s vast and complex architecture, Port Authority’s 168 gates will serve as points of departure for a series of conversations about the relationship between memory and geography.
Through this dialogue, #24hPort aims to connect two audiences: physical passers-by in Port Authority and the artist’s geographically dispersed Twitter followers. The project will also explore the roles of both the transportation system—in which the terminal, and New York City more broadly, are major hubs—and emerging, online social platforms like Twitter in facilitating cultural exchange. The project’s Twitter stream will document this endeavor, producing a real-time history of the artist and audience’s collective experience as it unfolds over twenty-four hours.
View a transcript of #24hPort.