*East of 72nd: Disrupting the Omaha Landscape in Six Acts
Act V – Unknown Protest*
(72nd & Dodge to 30th & Farnam)
Start time: 11:00am (CST)
Weather conditions: Warm and sunny
Duration: 2 Hours and 45 minutes
Protester #1 (vocal/speaker) - Doug Hayko
Protester #2 (mute) - Reneé Harper
Protester #3 (mute) - Josephine Joyner
Protester #4 (mute) - Andrew Keffer
Assistants: Sonia Keffer, & Dave Hayko
Description: Four individuals gather at the southeast corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets. They are dressed in white and each carries large poster-sized signs that are also white. They stand for five minutes on the corner with their signs held high. The group begins walking East on Dodge. They cross the overpass at Memorial Park and Dodge Street and continue to walk East on Dodge. They stop to eat at Goldberg’s at 50th and Dodge. They greet those they pass and periodically ask those they encounter if they have a cause that they should support or protest. Only one of the four speak to those they encounter. There are only questions "why?" for those that they meet. The protesters ultimately do not take up any of the causes they are presented with.
They cross to the South side of Dodge at 50th Street. They stop at shops along the way. If asked what they are doing, they indicate that they are looking for a cause. They cross back and fourth across Dodge Street, all the time continuing to head East toward Turner Park. Upon their arrival, they each sit within one of Leslie Iwai’s Sounding Stones sculptures to rest. They stand and observe the sculptures. They ceremoniously destroy their signs. They take the remains and throw them away. They walk toward Farnum Street to a vehicle that takes them West.
Exploring the concept of protest and the causes that energize them is the focus of Unknown Protest. What takes place when people are asked what cause is worth protesting and they are met with absolute objectivity in the exploration of their convictions, inundated with questions that ask why the cause is worth fighting for.