Kill Me Or Change

On July 28 and 29, 2:00pm, 2012 at Queens Museum of Art , the Artist, Chin Chih Yang was buried under 30,000 Aluminum Cans in his Performance Art Piece “Kill Me or Change.” A provocative and playful project that examines the effects of over-consumption in modern society.

Chin Chih Yang took 30,000 aluminum cans—the average number of cans one person throws away over a lifetime—contained them in a mesh net and suspended 60 feet above ground with a crane. The contents of the net were released onto Yang’s head, in a colorful and overwhelming display of aluminum waste. By showing, quite literally, the suffocating effects of one person’s personal polluting, this piece served as a call to action for the audience members and the public at large to examine their habits of personal consumption.

A special thanks to many people such as: Martha Wilson, Kukiko Nobori, Nelson Liu and family, Tom Finkelpearl, Prerana Reddy, David Strauss, Jean Fang, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Eben Shapiro, James Leonard, Thomas Chen, Luchia Meihua Lee, Harley Spiller, Chien Chung Ho, Prerana Reddy, Michael L. Royce, Jason B Chen, Annie Berman, I hsuen Chen, Julie Lemberger, Nick McGovern, Rodrigo Salazar, Heidi Jain, Sara Hardwick, Jingyu Shi, Robert Castanos, Heidi Riegler, David C. Terry, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Haowen Wang, Crystal Foundation (more than 15 people) Queens Museum for the Art (many people), LMCC (many people) Franklin Furnance (many people), New York Foundation for the Arts, Wassiac project, Passport to Taiwan, Taipei Cultrual Center, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Topaz Arts, Towson University's Asian Culture Center director: Suewhei Shieh and more...