German artist/director/choreographer Angie Hiesl has been presenting her performance art piece x-times people chair in various cities and festivals throughout Europe and South America since 1995. Senior citizens (both from the original ensemble and locals) are perched on white chairs bolted to the façades of buildings, 20 feet or so up from the ground. They perform uneventful tasks such as reading the paper, knitting, and folding laundry, unfazed by the surprised passers-by staring up at them. Most recently, x-times people chair was performed in Montreal as part of the Festival Transmeriques last May, where two fire trucks showed up at one of the fixed chair locations not aware of the performance and thinking the actor a little nuts. Very goofy and fun.
Photos by Roland Kaiser and bottom photo by Michal Selinger