Where on earth are you from?
During the opening events for the Peekskill Project 2012-13, I met a wonderful performance artist by the name of Maria Driscoll McMahon. When I learned that she lived in upstate New York, I expressed my interest in performing in a new and unfamiliar place. She offered to help me, and doggone it, she did! She found an excellent venue for my one-on-one, face-to-face project called “Where on earth are you from?” She also worked on my behalf to publicize the event. As a result, there was a good turn-out, and I encountered a lively and receptive audience.
One of the goals of this particular project was to get a quick overview of the people in the community by exploring their origins. Equipped with an atlas, I asked each participant to show me where he or she was born. We then proceeded to chat about his or her earliest memories. Oh! The stories that I heard.