A Picnic on Home Soil

a durational public performance

The horizon is not as far away as we think.

Public space becomes private property when families, lovers, and friends temporarily occupy the picnic ground. A picnic can be a practice of exclusion. Implicit in the gathering—whether through wealth, leisure, or specific cultural celebration—is a separation. A Picnic on Home Soil, however, will invite audiences to partake in conviviality with strangers.

On this picnic the conversation has a certain choreography. Audiences are invited to speak without assuming the role of leader. Audiences are invited to pose questions, present concerns, complain, tell jokes, or take a nap. Audiences are invited to create new rules for old games, to practise outdated forms of art, and to pick and peck at the homemade feast.

A Picnic on Home Soil creates a new landscape where the political is pleasurable without pleasure being political. In this situation speaking publicly and privately converge to form a fluid, informal, yet elevated mode of expression and sharing. Everything and everyone has a potential.