Play Me I’m Yours
Play Me, I’m Yours is currently live in Albany NY until 27 July.
About the Project:
Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram. Questioning the ownership and rules of public space Play Me, I’m Yours is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment. Curated by Austin artist Johnny Walker, the project involved the installation of 14 upright pianos placed at strategic locations throughout the city. From April 1-May 1, 2011, fourteen pianos hit the streets of Austin, Texas as part of Art Week Austin hosted by Art Alliance Austin.
Located throughout downtown in public parks, streets and squares, the pianos were available for any member of the public to play. The pianos were also free for the public to decorate and personalize. The pianos featured formal and impromptu concerts by students, techies, musicians, tourists, children, lawyers, doctors, and artists. Who plays them and how long they remain is up to each community. Reaching over six million people worldwide – more than 1,200 pianos have already been installed in 43 cities across the globe, from New York to London, bearing the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.
Awarded best public art piece of 2011 in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll. 2011 Austin Critics’ Table nominee under the category Work of Art: Independent or Public Project.
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About the organization and artists:
Art Alliance Austin (est. 1956) engages people with great art by supporting Austin’s most promising visual artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant, informed community. The non-profit, member-powered organization promotes and funds visual art by commissioning temporary public art and producing experiences that bring artists and collectors together while generating economic benefit for the entire city.
Play Me, I’m Yours creator Luke Jerram‘s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures,installations, live arts projects and gifts. Living in the UK but working internationally for 17 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. He is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at CFPR, University of West of England.
Play Me, I’m Yours (Austin) curator Johnny Walker lives in Austin, TX where he works in a variety of media. “I’m interested in situations, interactions and conditions,” says Walker, whose work has included projecting movies onto clouds, making paper from flower petals, bringing groups of strangers together to make art, making playground equipment for adults, designing soft architecture utilizing wind and light, and recreating UFO sightings.