PSYCHIC BARBER is a social sculpture staffed with hair stylists and barbers who also possess a psychic gift. They give free psychic readings and create a new hairstyle for the participant that reflects the insight gained through the experience. The project conjures intimacy and transformation in a private setting situated in a public space. PSYCHIC BARBER is a collaboration between Finishing School and Yucef Merhi. The Psychic Barbers are Gina Kelly, Isabelle Cordemans, Allison Metchikoff, and Athena Le Grand.
I wrote the project essay, titled THE LAW OF CONTIGUITY, which you can download HERE.
I was also asked by Finishing School to present a short lecture on the project (and social practice art in general) coinciding with the debut of PSYCHIC BARBER at the Riverside Art Museum.
Images courtesy of Finishing School. Please visit Finishing School's website for a full description of the project, including video documentation, press and artist contact information.