One of my friends reminded me this week about Eastern State Penitentiary, a Victorian era prison that is located in Philadelphia. I had heard about it many years ago but until now had completely forgotten about it. They accept artist proposals for installations on the site, and they’re taking proposals now for the 2014 season. With a June deadline, it may be too soon for me to come up with something substantial enough. Still, it peaked my interest and got me brainstorming today about various possibilities.
Solitary confinement was practiced for many years at the prison. I did some digging online and found many articles about the effects of solitary confinement on one’s mental health. Then it hit me: could this possibly be a project that combines the two subjects (isolation and mental illness) that I’ve explored over the past few years? I don’t know where I’m going with this, but it seems like there is something there.
What do you think? Do I go for this?