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Friday, May 16, 2014

WIRE: Woman to Walk Across San Francisco for 8 Hours as Art

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Qinmin Liu - QINMIN ARTS
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Now that everyone and their mother uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat on a daily basis, and now that almost everyone owns multiple devices on which to do so (phones, laptops, iPads, Apple TVs), we as a society are more connected than ever -- right?

Sure, in a certain sense. But most people use their smartphones for Snapchatting pictures of the salad they're eating for lunch more than they use it to actually call someone and have a real conversation.

Artist Qinmin Liu misses the days when people had to actually talk to make connections -- and she's putting on a performance this weekend to try to bring them back.

This Saturday, May 17, Liu will spend eight-straight hours walking across San Francisco in an attempt to find physical connections in the city rather than the ones fabricated by programs accessed through a screen. Called WIRE, Liu's performance will begin at 10 a.m. at Market Street Gallery (1554 Market) and end back at Market Street Gallery at 6 p.m.

Liu got the idea for the project when she was sitting on the Muni and everyone whipped out their smartphones instead of interacting with those sitting next to them.

"Although all the passengers were sharing the space and time, they avoided each other's eye contact and any possibility of connection," Liu says on the Facebook event page for WIRE. "People transfer their entire focus onto their electronics, smartphones, headphones, tablets, etc. Telephones and computers occupy our life." She adds that, "Indeed, technology brings a new and convenient lifestyle to people, but it makes our life lacking of a wire bound by physical connection."

If you want to join Liu on her quest to make a real connection, RSVP "going" on the Facebook event page -- yeah, we know it's ironic, but if you mailed in your RSVP through the postal service, the performance will have already happened by the time it got to her.

Information about when and when to find Liu on Saturday will be posted on the page. Also, check out the map to see Liu's route.

You can also "like" the Facebook page for QINMIN ARTS, the San Francisco-based art organization Liu started last year.

If you're reading this on your smartphone on the Muni, turn to the person next to you and tell them about it. They probably won't hear you though, because they'll be too busy Instagramming.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF

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