Lantern Story

Furen Dai

This project consists of around 50 handmade lanterns in different shapes, sizes, and colors.  The artist will interview around 50 people who work or live in the downtown Boston area with four questions which are the questions often asked when people apply for visas when they come to United States, “Why do you want to be in the USA (Boston)? ” “Why do you want to be in the U.S. at this time?” “Describe your job/occupation” and “How long do you think you will stay here?” Through those questions, visa officers will try to find out if they have immigration tendency and based on that information, the visa officer will decide to grant the visa or not. I will use those questions to ask people who are already living in United States, interviewees will be both Americans and immigrants from other countries. All the volunteering participants' answer will be collected and projected in a whispering volume to be projected throughout the installation.  Visitors will be able to hear how different people answer when they get close to each lantern.