On November 13th, 2011, Elia and I went to the district of Miraflores in Lima to ask people what they thought about the picture of an empty chair in the street. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were in Kennedy Park, which is in a middle-class district of Lima, but the crowds outside were diverse. We positioned ourselves near painters selling their artwork. I stood with the Old Guys Chatting Chair poster that CoLab mailed to me as Elia interviewed those who stopped to look at the photo. Elia asked: “What do you feel or think when seeing an empty chair, like this one, in the street of an urban area?”
In just two hours, we completed a nice neighborhood experiment about an originally private object that found itself in public space. The question was about the chair, not about the picture. The picture’s role was supporting people’s imagination. Answers to the question show that people in Lima turned out to be quite imaginative.
Below are just a few answers from our interviews:
To see a full list of everyone’s responses, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Installation and photos by Sebastiao Ferreira
This post is part of the International Street Chair Pop-Up Show.