The event of a thread, Art Installation by Ann Hamilton
This large-scale multimedia installation invites an interactive audience to revisit their playful childhood and ride the 42 swings that have been set up. The 55,000-square-foot space boasts a giant billowing white curtain that separates the hall. The towering curtain is, in fact, controlled by the back and forth swaying motion of people on swings. In addition to the swing-controlled curtain, there are stacks of cages containing 42 homing pigeons and a station at which two readers speak into microphones. The text they are reading imparts knowledge that guests to the exhibit are free to choose to listen to. There is also a station where the artist herself is positioned, viewing the entirety of the exhibit through a mirror.