Do it is a touring exhibition that arrives only as a book of 400 instructions, from which each venue chooses to what to use. Artists from across the globe have contributed to the book, including Marina Abramovic, John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Theaster Gates, Damien Hirst, Shere Hite, Nam June Paik, and Ai Weiwei, and the exhibition has been staged in locations worldwide, including Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Uruguay.
Visitors will have the opportunity to respond to instructions as they visit, becoming part of the exhibition themselves, perhaps taking up Yoko Ono’s suggestion to “Make a wish. Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. Ask your friends to do the same. Keep wishing. Until the branches are covered with wishes.” A live tree will be in the KIA to receive people’s wishes.
Artist David Lamelas suggests, “Clear your mind of all thoughts and say MOON, making a perfect circle with your lips, and hold.” A mirror will hang next to the instructions in order to allow visitors to perfect their facial expression.
The idea for do it was crafted in 1993 (over drinks with friends at a Paris café) by curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist. His open-ended exhibition project has been going ever since, bringing to life the “art-by-instruction” concept of the 1960s and '70s for museum audiences around the world.
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