Public Moves projects are mass performances set in places of social intersection and performed by local people. The performance builds choreogrpahic patterns and sound scores based on the everyday movement and sound of the site, be it a mall courtyard, public square or urban hillside. The sounds and actions of the site are reproduced magnified and transformed creating a performance at once familiar and spectacular; a performance which blurs the lines between art and life and seeks to democratize the identity of the performer and the art space.
As many of the actions are suble and pedestrian the works call on viewers to listen and watch more deeply and, as they erase the line between performance space and live space, the works invite passerby to spantaneously become "actors".
Presentation Public Moves projects are created through one to two month residencies in collaboration with cultural institutions, which assist the artists with outreach, curatorial support, publicity and/or funding. Participants commit to a rehearsal process which builds their physical and spatial awareness and imparts confidence to take ownership of the performance.
Two Public Moves projects incude Giant Place Detail and Public Moves Federal Hill. Giant Place Detail was commissioned by Arts World Financial Center for their 20th Anniversary. Public Moves Federal Hill was hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and supported by an arts in communities grant from the Mid-Atlantiuc Arts Foundation.