Stephen Slappe, We Are Legion, TBA09, PICA

We Are Legion

We Are Legion is an ongoing project created by Stephen Slappe for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival.

Submit Halloween costume images via this email address: wearelegion2009 at gmail dot com. Pop culture costumes are preferred but it's all good! The images will be manually processed and added as soon as possible.

From the TBA:09 catalog:

"Stephen Slappe creates a never-ending army of costumed youth in a web project that mines your photo albums for evidence of what the artist calls 'contemporary cultural indoctrination.' For TBA, Slappe will set up stations, online and in person, in order to collect images of you and yours in Halloween garb. He will string these images together into a scrolling defense line of masked society. We Are Legion addresses personal history and pop culture nostalgia, and plays with the technological innovations that allow for rapid sharing of personal images. Slappe's work blends humor, absurdity, and anxiety in order to reflect upon notions of home, transience, and physical and psychological escape."

PICA's Visual Art Program Director, Kristan Kennedy, interviewed me about the project. The interview was included in a printed catalog and is also available online.