17 Minutes
November 22, 2005 7:24 AM   Subscribe

17 Minutes is a performance and video blog project by new media artist Chris Barr. It's about suicide. [MI]
posted by sjvilla79 (7 comments total)
From the site:
Each day I spend 17 minutes standing outdoors next to a tree. At the end of this 17 minutes I fall to the earth. This ritual offers a place of reflection, the time between. It also deals with the specific circumstance of my own brother's suicide and as a reenactment aims to be reminder of the life I am engaged in.
Chris also invites people to come along and share the experience.

Not morbid. Interesting.
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:25 AM on November 22, 2005

Not morbid. Interesting.

You're not wrong. I always like a bit of quiet, meditative live art (you see so much shrieky histrionics). The tree thing is just subtle enough a reference to hanging, as is the sudden fall to jumping.

Can definitely see myself watching this little ritual daily (the RSS feed is nice and podcasty). For a while, at least.
posted by jack_mo at 7:50 AM on November 22, 2005

I feel ambivalent towards this. I consider it a good thing that he keeps his brother in his thoughts, but I doubt that it is healthy to re-enact this particular scene every day. How long ago did his brother die? I wonder what his parents think of this? His girlfriend (if he has one)?

One thing I feel for certain is that few things are more difficult to weather than the suicide of a family member. I am thankful that I have not had that particular experience, and I wish Mr. Barr the best in coming to terms with his brother's death.
posted by jenovus at 12:21 PM on November 22, 2005

His brother died about a year and a half ago, according to the blog.

I can't get any of the videos to load, but I'm sure they look very nice, just based on the screenshots.

But yes, I don't know how healthy it is to re-enact the suicide every day. If he's finding some comfort or tranquility in it for now, good, but I hope he finds another coping mechanism before long.
posted by Gator at 2:58 PM on November 22, 2005

Ok, but nobody did blogging & suicide like klerck. TT__TT
posted by moift at 4:54 PM on November 22, 2005

Ok, but nobody did blogging & suicide like klerck. TT__TT

Um, that's just sad.
posted by sjvilla79 at 5:59 PM on November 22, 2005

Um, that's just sad.

Hence TT__TT
posted by moift at 6:59 PM on November 24, 2005

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