Ikosikaitetragon

2010

Edward T. Hall’s system of proxemics delineates interpersonal distances with concrete measurements. Hall identifies personal space (between intimate space and social space) as one-and-a-half feet to four feet from the body. This band, according to Hall, is for “interactions among good friends or family.” Ikosikaitetragon endeavors to realize the culturally and socially myopic classification via naïvely fabricating and performing this distance. Twenty-four inch long rods with velcro straps secure wearers into a social arrangement for close friends and relatives.

Twenty four rods were produced and worn by Calkin during a twelve hour durational performance, punctuated by periodic attempts to connect twenty-four people into an “ikosikaitetragon” (a twenty-four sided polygon). The collective configurations playfully and absurdly enacted a notion of social order and harmony. Any harmony was also directionless: once achieved, a completed configuration left no direction or action promised or plausible.

Between attempts, all twenty-four rods were bound and strapped to Calkin’s body, worn as a social model collapsed inward, and a temporary burden.