The liturgical calendar has always interested me and has fueled me to want to make a performance series surrounded by that time. Lent: bringing significance to 106 was a contemplative 40 day durational performance during the 2016 Lenten season. Wanted to seek quiet and solace each day I escaped to a nearby park, paid 1 Turkish Lira to get in and walked around this fountain with 106 stones. Each day of the performance the number of laps increased. The first day one, the second day two, and so on until 40. The hope was to be slow. To go in and be slow. To meet God in this time. To seek him. This ritual unfolded usually each morning, I would walk up to the fountain, remove my shoes and socks and walking purposefully trying to bring significance to all 106 stones. Since this performance was done in Turkey, a place where going shoeless in public is a faux pas I was interested to see how that specific fountain became this holy space almost. Cultural rules didn't apply and the significance of the place was to be slow, to process, to be intentional, and to meet God - which is usually what practicing Christians do in the form of fasting. And rather than taking away I wanted to add time that was intentional and artful. During this 40 day piece, various friends came to participate or watch. In the same way I approached the fountain others did the same. Some days I ran through the ritual and broke the rules because I didn't want to meet God, other days my time at the fountain grew from minutes to hours.
There is a more completed video of this piece in progress.