Pay Fauxn is an obsolete pay phone at a bus stop in New York City.


Norms of Pay Fauxn (devolving)

-       ANTI-OPENINGS: Openings must be no longer than 11-14 minutes (allow for 20 under unusual circumstances but try and keep it moving).

-       SOCIALITY: Director must warmly greet every visitor and introduce them to each other and the artist.

-       PR: Don’t invite more than a handful. Announce day of or before, but never give address. Anti PR. So it conforms moderately to convention but breaks it. (UPADATE October 2017 - NO PR)

-       PROP FOR THE HAND: There is a beverage. When people stand around awkwardly on a side walk, just as in a white cube, it helps to have something in your hand. Notice that smokers light up right away – awkward – bring drinks for everyone. Hand people a can for the hand. Did idea come after the ice cream cone sidewalkchalk summer social? (UPDATE October 2017 - no beverage. Give necklace sculpture to artist. Put it around their neck)

-       POEM/GIFT: Can’t recall the reason why this norm/tradition started. Do something unexpected. Researching pay phone stuff – probably came across poems. Visitors get an envelope. Told to open when they get home and they are alone. It is a directive – think about what that was. The event itself, but also how pay phones invite a certain kind of sociality and public communication. A temporary semi-private public locale. They are designated for one purpose but users re-purpose the phone. Have sex in it, sleep in it, pee in it, throw garbage in it. Get them to reflect on pay phones and changing relationships – to technology and by extension to eachother. PF Gallery is an abandoned pay phone in a blasted gentrified urban landscape. Think about the object, then the object inside/on/over the object and map it. (UPDATE October 2017 - the artist is/writes the poem)

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