We, Linda Montano and Teheching Hsieh, plan to do a one year performance.
We will stay together for one year and never be alone.
We will be in the same room at the same time, when we are inside.
We will be tied together at waist with an 8 ft rope.
We will never touch each other during the year.
The performance will begin on July 4, 1983 at 6 P.M. and continue until July 4, 1984 at 6 P.M.
Alex and Allyson Grey: How does it feel to have the piece nearing an end?
Linda Montano: We’re so much easier on each other now that it’s almost over, and there is a nostalgia that we couldn’t have been this way earlier. But I’ve learned a good lesson…to give 100% all the time. Usually in relationships I have thought, “I’ll open up tomorrow,” or “I’ll communicate tomorrow.” Now I realize that life is short, and it’s ridiculous to waste time.
I also feel a sadness that Tehching and I won’t be doing an 80-year piece together…maybe we’ll do it from a distance.
Tehching Hsieh: On a philosophical level, I feel that the piece is not nearing an end. It’s just that we are tied to each other psychologically. When we die it ends. Until then we are all tied up.