Community-based public art project, 2009
Felix Obelix: concept, organization, musical performance
Collaborators: Minnow Media (documentary video), the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill (time capsule-keeping), A/V Geeks
Sponsored by: Orange County Arts Commission
In this interactive community project, I invited attendees of a musical performance/film showing to bring objects for inclusion in a time capsule. I partnered with Ernie Dollar, then-head of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, to promote and later house the time capsule. A grant from the Orange County Arts Commission helped me pay for the documentary services of Minnow Media, who set up a videobooth in the lobby of the ArtsCenter and recorded attendees on-camera speaking to the future.
In addition to my first full-band performance as Felix Obelix at this show, I also released the first Felix Obelix EP (now all sold, all lost to time/history). Midtown Dickens also performed, and Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks showed some films about time, which was the theme of the evening.
The community project time capsule, as far as we all know, continues to reside underneath the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, NC. Assuming nothing untoward happens to it, it will be unearthed in January of 2059, 50 years after its internment. In addition to various objects, the time capsule also includes DVDs of the interviews that were recorded on the night of the show. I also had the foresight to include a brand-new DVD player in the capsule, so those DVDs would be playable well into the future.