“Elevator Locals", Live Performance, and Object Documentation (2015)

I spent hours existing in elevators on the Portland State University campus. While inside of the elevator, I told strangers that I was a local of the elevator. I asked them questions such as, "Are you a local?" and told them I haven't seen them in the elevator before. Strangers responded in multiple ways, including: ignoring me, walking out of the elevator, staring at the wall silently, telling me I cannot be in the elevator and must leave, partaking in conversation with me, or going out of their way to tell me their history of being in that specific elevator, and how they have thought about it before.
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