n the late sixties, one guy’s strange choice of clothing led to a national media circus and a publication in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. On February 27, 1967, the Associated Press carried the following story from Corvallis: In 1967 a mysterious student had been attending a class at Oregon State University for the past two months enveloped in a big black bag. Only his bare feet show. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 A.M. The Black Bag sits on a small table near the back. This social experiment occurred during professor Charles Goetzinger lectures.
This installation and performance piece reflects on the incident and tries to reveal what the experience may have been for the mysterious student. The narrative follows the journey of incomprehension to persecution and then adoration.
Photography and Concept by Paul Cummings Art Direction and Makeup Patricia Grimm.