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Birthday Videos: For Friends I Don't Really Know





Birthday Videos: For Friends I Don't Really Know is an on-going series of intimate videos wishes for people I don't really know. Personal information is culled from the recipients social media feeds and used to create the feeling that we are close friends. These videos are delivered to recipients on the day of their birthday.

These most recents Birthday Videos are being createdPlug Projects for the exhibition #awkward.

Since 2002, I have been making these videos as a way to playfully examine the potential of one-to-one mediated experience (rather than one-to-many), privacy and social media.






Mr Coppers: The Peoples Biennial 2





Mr Coppers Upholstery will be on view this Fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as part of the People's Biennial 2.

Harriet Hoover and Lee Walton selected Mr Coppers and his Upholstery business to be featured in the exhibition. Greensboro is very lucky to have people like Mr Coppers as part of our community.

People's Biennial is an exhibition series conceived by artist Harrell Fletcher and curator Jens Hoffmann in 2009. It examines the work of artists and other creative individuals, who operate outside the conventional art world.






Life/Theater Hot Dogs





For this new project, a spectacular "Life/Theater Hot Dogs" storefront grill was created. Free hot dogs were grilled on-site and given to the public for designated periods of time. Through text descriptions that have been stamped on the hot dog wrappers, the public became aware of the Life/Theater performances happening around.

This project was supported by and in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Center, Artworks, and the people of Cincinnati.

Curated by Steven Matijcio, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. This project was part of the exhibition "Buildering, Misbehaving the City."





Lee Walton Plays The World (On His Phone)

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A Chess Performance and Solo-Exhibition at the Crisp-Elert Art Museum in St. Augustine, FL.

For this three‐week exhibition, Walton played 40 simultaneous games of chess from his iPhone. These games lasted the entire duration of the show and required an average of 3‐4 hours of chess each day. In the museum space, 40 physical chessboards were collected from the community and put on display. The positioning of each chess piece was changed daily by Julie Dickover, Curator of the exhibition, to correspond with my daily moves.

Walton also organized two chess lectures to occur during the run of the show, of which included an art historian, and a national chess master.

This work examines our cultural obsession with mobile devices and the impact our remote actions have in the real world.

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

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Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Lecture and Workshop by Dereque Kelley, National Chess Master

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

Collaborators: Julie Dickover, (Curator. Repositioned pieces daily), 40 random chess players from various locations ranging South Africa, Serbia, Moscow, America, and more, Dereque Kelley (National Chess Master, Lecture on Chess Theory), Prof. Chris Balaschak, (Lecture On Art and Chess).

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Starehouse

For the exhibition "More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s," at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Walton created "Father and Daughter Will View the Exhibition."

For this participatory performance, Walton scheduled a different father and daughter pair to view the exhibit each day precisely from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. throughout the run of the exhibition. 43 pairings of actual fathers and daughters were scheduled to take part in the piece. Pairings of all different ages participated. A text piece inside the museum informed viewers of the performance.

Above photos are documentation from participants

A Family Will View the Exhibition

The following year, "More Love" traveled to the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, TN. For this new exhibition, Walton changed the title and subsequent performance of the work "A Family Will View The Exhibition". 14 families participated in the weekly performance of piece. The invitation to participate was open to the public.

This example shows how Anjeanette used her family documentation as her Facebook Page header.