LSAT Last Question
Harvard Rejection Letter
Law School Event
Four Year Art/Life Performance
When studying past civilizations anthropologists focus on two vital components of societies: civics and art.
This equal treatment and mutual respect for both the aesthetic and civic contribution of its citizens
for the foundations of a society directly contradicts the reality of contemporary regard for these industries. Artists are traditionally marganlized,
undersupported and underfunded. In the western tradition, it is this marganilized status that elevates the artist to marketablity.
On the other hand, Civic practitioners are rewarded by financial support and recognition by
I offer the theory that Artists and Civic Practitioners (i.e. Lawyers, Judges and Politicians) share cooresponding
intellectual qualities necessary to succeed in their chosen practices. Each usually share an equal amount of education,
an aptitude for logic, critical thinking and analytical reasoning.
Additionally both require an ability to advocate and persuade a trier of fact or audience of a chosen position or argument.
These qualities, in addition to case research and presentation, all lend themselves to the viability of this analogy.
To test this thesis I participated in admission exams, application processes and completed a course of study at an accredited Law School as a multi-year performance.
This event culminated in graduation as well as sitting for and passing the New York and New Jersey Bar Exams.
The tangible art that has resulted from this event includes:
"Harvard Rejection Letter," "Unopened Grade Reports - Eight Semesters," "Used Book Tower," and "Diploma".
The greatest success I have had in
communicating with the public is when
I have most severely handicapped my
ability to communicate.
In teaching myself the defunct Naval
Flag Language Semaphore, I have found
a direct and literal way of calling for
Spelling urgent messages through the
waves of red and white flags, confirms
my inability to share these messages with
Consequently, sharing a broader message
with all in witness.
Will Work for Food
Apples suspended from strings, hands
behind back; first one to the core wins.
This Autumn-time game originating on
farms, assumed by suburban school
children, is now appropriated for art
to communicate the frustration of the
artist's inability to reach a broader
Alone in a room full of suspended
apples, hands bound, I eat each to its
I choose the symbol of apple with
all of its history, from the Biblical to
the Scientific to the Schoolhouse, with
whom to combat. When one core is
reached another apple waits, without
fail, without end. The fruit offers no
nourishment only indigestion.
Live Web Performance
A simultaneous event on opposite coasts of the United States.
For this event, I coordinated a simultaneous action with my twin brother across the United States.
He completed the designated event as SC Durkin in California, while I completed the action as myself in New Jersey.
Upon completion, I mailed to myself in New Jersey the excavated material from the California component of the action.
I then presented a live netcast performance in New York City, where I combined the excavated coastal material from the
beach event and sent samples to individuals who share the name Scott C Durkin.
Presented in fulfillment of the 2000 Future of the Present Grant Award in association with Franklin Furnace, the National
Endowment for the Arts funded organization committed to presenting, preserving and advocating time-based visual art.
Shared Identity is listed on the Digital Performance Archive.
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