Haircuts/Hairkuts | 2006 - present

public performances and digital photographs with Tomoe Matsuoka; modified bicycle, Robocut haircutting system, radio, haircutting tools

Haircuts is an ongoing project expressing the relational act of haircutting. It explores the possibility of taking a somewhat personal and universal hygenic routine, one which potentially transforms a person physically and emotionally, and situating it as a public social activity.This is done by either my wife giving me a haircut in public or by documenting our haircuts and posting the photos online via Flickr.com

Hairkuts is a mobile haircutting station, in which free haircuts are offered to the general public. It explores the possibility of taking a somewhat personal and universal hygenic routine, one which potentially transforms a person physically and emotionally, and situating it as a public social activity. A vehicle was built to make the operation as mobile and accessible as possible, while creating a bit of a spectacle . A sidecar was welded onto a typical bicylce containing a haircutting station which includes a seat, haircutting equipment, and a radio. The Robocut haircutting system was chosen for its ease of use, iconic design, cleanliness, convenience, and ability to capture all the cut hair in a vacuum canister. A shop-vac was modified to have a clear tank, which was revealed so participants could see their hair being added to the collection of cuttings.