Open Secret: House Call for Participation

Open Secret: House Call for Participation

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 22, 2008


Tattfoo has been a reader and a submitter to our site for a number of years. You may remember his home in the artwork contest here, or you may remember our blogging him for his mural on Front Street here. However, now he's taking it up a notch. He wants to invite any of you readers to collaborate with him on a project called Open Secret...

He emailed us recently with these pictures and this invitation below. It's a combination of a house tour and a secret sharing using glow in the dark paints applied to your walls. Write your darkest secrets and only expose them to those you want to. Interested? Read on and contact Tattfoo directly.


Open Secret

A part of Living Room, a project of Flux Factory in collaboration with Open House New York, curated by Chen Tamir. Weekend of October 4 and 5, 2008.

This is an open call to collaborate in my art project Open Secret. All you need is guts, all you gain is an original artwork of Tattfoo. You have nothing to lose. Hmm, maybe your reputation. I dare you to call or email me to sign up.

A home owner is given invisible and glow-in-the-dark paints to write a dark secret on a wall of his or her house. It could be a history of sexual partners, a dirty secret of friends and family, a password, a username or a five year plan. This is a time to let it all out, a good therapeutic way to let go of all that accumulated stress.

With all this personal information out on the wall, the disclosure is nonetheless both public and and private. It will only be visible when the participant shines a special flashlight enhanced with black light on the wall. The participant is exposed but still holds the right to reveal the secret only to the people that he or she chooses. Which part of the work will be exposed is also in his or her hands, literally.

This artwork can be applied to any wall without the need to repaint and will not harm an existing paint job. The artist will be available to work with the participants in placement and composition of the information that will be painted.

I look forward in hearing from you. Our collaboration starts right away, don't hesitate. call me 718 753 7297 now to participate.


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