Title: Art that says Hello

Year: 1997

Medium: Video of performance interventions conducted on behalf of the fictional company Art Courtesy Services

Description: For this series the artist wore the identifying uniform of an Art Courtesy Services Provider and offered unique art-inspired experiences to passers-by. The slogan for the series was “Courtesy is the Aesthetic” and it served as the guiding principle for amiable street performances premised on good natured banter and unique experiences for passersby.

This video presents an extended fictional account of the life of an Art Courtesy Services Provider. This ‘Day in the life’ format of interview/exposé shows the artist as he practices the trade of Courtesy on the streets of Toronto. Along the way he  shares his thoughts about how he got into the business, what it means to him, and the role of Courtesy in society.

Video Distribution:
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