Jay Critchley


Photo/Foto: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio

Global Yawning for a Small Planet

This is a performative installation that asks participants to engage by being videotaped while yawning. These films will be edited for projection and web streaming. It has been shown that yawning increases alertness, reduces stress and enhances personal, community and planetary health. We yawn to cool the brain; we act to cool the Earth. The personal is planetary. What is our “exhausted” planet telling us?


Jay Critchley is an artist and activist based in Provincetown, MA, where he founded and directs Theater in the Ground@ Septic Space in his backyard septic tank. He is presently featured in an exhibition on global warming at the Andy Warhol Museum, and in a show at The LAB in San Francisco, California.

Background Information
  • Encuentro location (Bogotá): Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Date: August 21-30, 2009
  • Country: United States
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