Seat Assignment: Airplane Lavatory Art

Here’s something for all you super busy world travelers to aspire to do. You know how it is on those cross-atlantic flights or those Australia to New York jaunts? It’s 12 hours or more in a plane. Your iPod runs out. Your laptop battery dies. You’ve looked at the magazines and newspapers, and you don’t feel like reading a book. Now what?

Take some advice from artist Nina Katchadourian and spend some quality time in the airplane’s lavatory with your phone’s camera, a scarf, the toilet paper and maybe even your neck pillow.

You’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen an aisle seat in case you want to do this in shifts…otherwise the flight attendant might come knocking on the door wondering just what the heck you’re up to in there! Nina’s pictures below are part of her project called Seat Assignment. According to her website, “Improvising with materials close at hand, Seat Assignment consists of photographs, video, and digital images all made while in flight using only a camera phone. The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010 and is ongoing. At present, over 2500 photographs and video, made on more than 70 different flights to date, constitute the raw material of the project.

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Katchadouri seat assignment toilet paper

Image Credit: [Nina Katchadourian]

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