Philippa Hughes Has an Artist Living in a Plastic Bubble in Her Apartment
On May 8, artist Agnes Bolt moved into the Pink Line Project founder's Philippa Hughes's Northwest apartment. More to the point, Bolt is living in a plastic bubble in the middle of Hughes's living space for a week. According to the blog they've set up to document their project, the two will be "playfully explor[ing] the dynamics between an artist and an art collector. With a naive optimism and subtle social critique the project will manifest itself with a large obtrusive structure situated within Philippa’s home in which the artist will live."
The project is also manifesting itself with certain rules, that were laid out and agreed to by both parties, such as: Hughes must provide food to Bolt twice per day, and greet her with a morning kiss on the cheek. They can only speak about art—other conversations must be written down, then blown by mouth through a pipe that connects the bubble to the rest of the living space.
Per the blog: "The project tries to conflate the traditional role of the artist as producer and the collector as consumer to create an experience that both can take part in, react to and fully engage. Both can take ownership of the results of the time spent together and a furthering of the conversation about art’s impact in the world can be examined."
Also per the blog, the cat has gained entry to the bubble, Hughes is an early riser, and Bolt does impressive yoga. Arts Desk will be fact-checking these claims later in the week, visiting Hughes and Bolt, and finding out the answers to such questions as: How does going to the bathroom work in these circumstances? Are the rules—which have been contractually agreed to, said contract also having been notarized—being followed? What do Bolt and Hughes think has happened to the roles of collector and artist, since entering into this arrangement? Is Hughes a good cook?
Photo courtesy Philippa Hughes