I WANT MORE
ANNIE ONYI CHEUNG
“I want more” was an interactive performative exercise that asked the audience to consider the action of asking for more. Inspired by the initial curatorial prompt of offering a soup kitchen for artists, I chose to explore the idea of class structure and the power dynamic of desire, and asking for more, and whether the want is social, economic or abstract.
I chose to stage a lunch where each person’s meal was scaled down to a miniature version of a balanced lunch. Artist-visitors were required to raise their ‘hand’ (an edition of 100 wooden cut-out hands with the text ‘I want more’ branded on each), then amplify their voices by speaking through a megaphone to ask for more food in order to get a fair serving. Using the wooden hand as a starting point, attendees were encouraged to engage with each other and consider what s/he as an artist might want more of; perhaps more inspiration, support, dialogue or attention.
What I find most curious about this project is an individual’s process of recognizing when s/he desires, what it is s/he wants more of, and subsequently how and why s/he eventually chooses to make her/his desire known in demanding satisfaction.