A playful action at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Photographic documentation by Christopher Glenn Kojzar.
Under the guise of a white-collar, I did a small, quiet performance in the very contradicting public space that is the exterior courts of the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC. By bouncing a (racquet) ball, I was hoping to provoke a playful interaction with any fellow citizen where we could have an exchange free from rules in a space that symbolizes the fabrication of rules. The performance is documented in a video titled Capitol bouncer. Rules structure how we act, limiting how we play (liberate) in public space. I felt compelled to perform an action that could covertly inspire fun. It was fortuitious timing that I happened to begin this sneaky performance at the same time as a field trip by a group of elementary school students. I was expecting an interaction with authority (notice the on-looking Capitol Policeman who was armed near the top of the stairs).