Work Samples (Audio + Video)

Excerpt #1 from our Pilot Video Documentary (2016-17)

In this excerpt, Critics from our pilot reflect on who the Museum serves, the value (and values) on display in its collection, and the felt experience of security and surveillance. From recruitment to follow-up, we centered our critics: first-time museum-goers, low income, POC and differently abled individuals.

Excerpt #2 from our Pilot Video Documentary (2016-17)

We screened this video documentary at the RISD Museum’s All Staff Dialogue (November 2017). Museum leadership report LAAGP is a touchstone in daily conversations. The video sparked critical conversations about who the museum serves. | Maia Chao, Josephine Devanbu + Hello Velocity | Web Campaign 2018

Equitable Met proposes sliding scale as an alternative to The Met’s new $25 fee for visitors unable to demonstrate New York residence. But our message is broader: low income, undocumented, marginalized, first-time visitors matter. As Daniel Penny writes on Equitable Met in The Paris Review, this is a generationally significant moment for cultural justice in NYC, with deep resonance with past struggle.

Maia Chao | Performance, 2016 | RISD Museum

“Point of Purchase (POP)” augments familiar customer service interactions to reveal their uncanny underpinnings. Participants surrender their belongings to a uniformed stranger who labors over them in bizarre ways—a vulnerability expected of airline passengers and museum-goers. Fiction inspired by reality, this sample demonstrates our interest in modeling nearby worlds to prompt critique and reconsideration. While POP exaggerates our present, LAAGP imagines an alternative: What if the museum valued new visitors enough to pay them for their knowledge? As in POP, we center our participants in the meaning-making by inviting them to stage their own art interventions at the museum.