On becoming

A Question

Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young). “PEOPLE POWER,” performance score generated with a public call for participation, dimensions variable, created for Time in this Time, 2021.
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A collaborative score

In simple language, using short sentences, Fallen Fruit asked people to tell them what they know best about being a great person. The duo then created a new score with the answers.

Fallen Fruit prompted contributors:

"It can be thoughts from recent weeks or the past months—or maybe it is something you learned from your family or mentor … or also, from another time in your life when you really learned:

How to be a great version of YOU."

For example:

“My mother taught me to always mind my own business and to always love myself.”
“(I started to) take a short walk everyday at a different time of day and never choose the destination in advance, (I just) wander… and openly explore the world each day.”
Or, “Sometimes, I tell my cats all of my secrets….”

— Fallen Fruit
Fallen Fruit is a collaborative art project that began in Los Angeles uses fruit to change the way we see the world. The project began in response to a prompt: imagine a protest that isn’t against anything. From the first Fallen Fruit installation—a mapping of public produce (the fruit trees growing on or over public property)—to the scores that they compose from community-gifted answers to inward-looking prompts (like the one above), Fallen Fruit invokes public participation and asks joyful, penetrating questions.  Lately they have been thinking about different ways of looking at the same thing, misunderstandings and impasses, and how to be an extraordinary, exemplary person in the world. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns,  Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.
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