Born 1970, Baltimore. Lives and works in New York City.
Nel Mezzo, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Echo, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
If They Should Ask, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, The Common Guild, Glasgow
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, Studio Voltaire, London
Glasgow International, The Common Guild, Glasgow (forthcoming)
Mapping the Collection, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (forthcoming)
Commonwealth, Institute for Contemporary Art, Virgina
Read My Lips, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Politics of Rhetoric, The Print Center, Philadelphia
10 Minutes of Collective Activity
In ‘10 Minutes of Collective Activity’, an audience of 22 people are videotaped watching archival footage of a 10-minute speech by Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff from the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago, IL. The speech, was the principal nomination for Senator George McGovern, a vocal opponent of the U.S. war in Vietnam and marks the contestation and discord present at the convention as well in the country at that time.
During the five day convention, Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley called in the National Guard to assist the Chicago police in containing the large demonstrations outside the hall. Footage of the police beating protestors on the evening of the third day of the convention was played on national television. The events outside of the hall, led to great confusion and debate amongst participants, several motions were made to suspend the convention altogether and Ribicoff, speaking on this third day, departed from his prepared speech to acknowledge the ongoing turmoil.
His statement that “If George McGovern were elected president we wouldn’t have gestapo-like tactics on the streets of Chicago” incited the anger of Mayor Daley and his supporters who, present in the audience in the convention hall, rose up and heckled Ribicoff. ‘10 Minutes of Collective Activity’ mines the particular configuration of audience collectivity and extends Hayes’ interest in the intersection of history, memory and space.