Live Performance and Conversation with Soapbox exhibiting artist, Michael Barrett
This nearly 3-hour durational piece began at 4pm. At 5:30, Barrett broke from the performance for a conversation and Q&A with BAC director, Aimee Le Duc. Afterward, Barrett continued and completed the performance.
For 723, the artist, himself a veteran began in front of two helmets. One helmet had 723 pieces of paper in it with the names of the 723 California residents killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other helmet had a burning candle. As the artist picked a name from the first helmet, he wrote it on a chalkboard, erased the name and then burned the paper in the second helmet. After completing the cycle, the artist returned to the center and began again.
Image courtesy of the Berkeley Art Center.