Human Interactions 5 Cents is an ongoing set of performances in unexpected public venues which model and frame the basic elements of in-person conversation. In this project, which is inspired by Lucy’s ‘Psychicatric Evaluations 5 cents’ booth in Charlie Brown, I offer a printed menu of options that participants may choose from such as “tell me about something that bothers you”; ask me about my day, yesterday, week, month, or year, or tell me about yours”; or “suggest a song and we’ll sing it together.” With the condition of no photo or video capture allowed, the focused human experience cost a nickel and lasts about 5 minutes, timed. (Scholarships are always available.)
In its first iteration, the project took place below the Culver City Metro station on the corner of National and Washington Blvd, LA along with LA Road Concerts, a series of public performances. In its second iteration in 2019, “Human Interactions 5 Cents” was performed at Union Station downtown Los Angeles for CHANGES supported by Metro Art , both organized by Stephen Van Dyck.