May 18 – June 10, 2018
Black Cube Fellowship Exhibition
Emotional Baggage Drop (hello stranger) is an audience-led art installation by British artist Stuart Semple that explores ways to alleviate anxiety and feelings of isolation through the social benefits of trusting strangers. The installation mimics a luggage drop that collects emotional, as opposed to physical, baggage within the great hall of Union Station. At this private booth, people are invited to confidentially share their burdens with a stranger who, in turn, listens to and accepts their emotional baggage. By bringing strangers together, instigating intimacy, and asking participants to share personal hardships, this artwork endeavors to create trustful human interactions.
This project is a part of Happy City: Art for the People, a six-week, citywide art intervention initiated by British artist Stuart Semple with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional, and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. Happy City is produced by the Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube.
Special thanks to our funding partners: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Community First Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality, and VISIT DENVER.
Photo credit: Third Dune Productions