Cry Now Free Video Library image created by Kendell Harbin
Cry Now Free Video Library | Kendell Harbin
Kendell Harbin’s Cry Now Free Video Library is truly a Kansas City Destination. Cry Now is a free service (still in beta mode, which means VHS tapes y’all!) that aims to operate on an honor-based lending system. Cry Now is not accessible online and is only known through word of mouth. It is as public as you believe a home to be, and as private as a corporation presupposes it is. The Cry Now library is located in Harbin’s bedroom. She describes this choice of location on an x-y Plane: x.) because it allows for the utmost autonomy and y.) because the bedroom space is a place for identity experimentation (getting dressed), creative play (sex), and recovering from the impact of daily life (sleep). Harbin can think of no better place for this library to exist. And is this art? Is it an installation/performance? Harbin playfully created the Cry now library with Claes Oldenburg as inspiration, and we at ArtsKC think, “why can’t it be art?”
Feel free to email Kendell Harbin for tours of the Cry Now Free Video Library.
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