The September 2012 exhibition features The Office of Blame Accountability, a collaborative project between Carla Repice and Geoffrey Cunningham.
The Office of Blame Accountability (OBA) is a project that Geoff Cunningham and Carla Repice began in 2007. They have set up shop, a table with a typewriter and red phone, often times in outdoor places, all over the United States, including Ground Zero and Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Their project is now a book by Loudmouth Press. By providing a simple form to fill out, they create an anonymous way for people to achieve self-awareness by identifying what issues of blame exist in their own psyches. Carla and Geoff view their roles as facilitators in the public space, in order to provoke regular citizens to feel accountable for their own finger pointing. There’s no passing the buck in the OBA.
Viewers have the chance to fill out their own OBA forms, in addition to viewing the OBA archive from the past five years. The artists have pointed out that context becomes very important in shaping how people identify who they blame for what. During political gatherings, the outcries were generally pointed outward, while in less charged atmospheres, the blame was pointed inward and the personal became political. In the privacy of your home, in the charged atmosphere of the upcoming elections, in your day-to-day life… who do you blame?
After beginning their study of systems of bureaucracy, conflict resolution, thought structures, and political divisions in South Africa, Geoff Cunningham and Carla Repice established the OBA in 2007, while sitting on a park bench in a mall in Orange County, CA.
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