Great Hall, Cooper Union, New York, 2007
Digital photographs, performance, video
Production: Margot Heller, Juan Recamán, Eva Rothschild, Judi Werthein
On Saturday, May 12, 2007, Mary Ellen Carroll was the artist Judi Werthein for an installment in Carroll’s ongoing doppelgänger tapes—one in which she was the copier rather than the one being copied with the condition that she was not interested in the artist’s work. She spoke as Werthein as part of a panel discussion titled “Designing Your Social Engagement” at the art conference The Situational Drive: Complexities of Public Sphere Engagement, organized by Joshua Dector. The discussion treated artist’s interventions in the social realm and the question of what can be transgressive art. Other participants included the artist collective Bulbo from Tijuana, Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, Houston and Michael Rakowitz. The panel was moderated by Creative Time curator Nato Thompson.