If you happen to pass through Brookfield Place this week and feel like you’re being watched, you are. But don’t worry, it’s all part of an art installation featuring a group of performance artists who will be chronicling the actions of commuters as they move through the space. New York-based performance artist and social choreographer Ernesto Pujol has organized the unique social performance piece, called 9-5, to pay homage to the city’s office workers. The event consists of eleven performers dressed entirely in white who will be watching and silently taking notes on the thousands of people who pass through Brookfield Place daily.
The performers will arrive at Brookfield Place by public transportation each morning and silently make their way to individual glass-partitioned “cubicles”. As they watch the thousands of NYC commuters pass by, each performer will record what they see.
Pujol’s performance piece is produced by More Art and presented by Arts Brookfield. According to the organizers, the event will “pay homage to the city’s office workers by granting them the gift of close attention throughout the business day for three days.”
Although some may find being watched by 11 performers a bit creepy, the event is really meant to inspire commuters to be more actively aware of the “flow of humanity” that surrounds them every day as they make their way to work.
“There’s a choreographic beauty in the daily flow of commuters moving purposefully to their destinations, especially with our stunning new Pavilion as their backdrop,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “Ernesto Pujol’s 9 – 5 not only shines a spotlight on this daily dance, but it also pays tribute to each of the individuals who are part of it.”
The 9-5 performance will take place in Brookfield Place from 9am to 5pm on October 26 – 28.