Accidental Garnish



“While wearing entirely white clothes, get mud or coffee on them, or paint from sitting on a recently painted bench. It might be somewhat upsetting at first, but will become fun as you get dirtier and dirtier. Search for various ways to get dirty spots on your white clothes, and discover whole new kinds of ornamentation.”

These are instructions given to participants, none of whom know each other. They are required to wear white clothing and find spots to “garnish” their attire. Participants meet others who share the same affirmative attitude toward getting their clothes dirty. The event forms a kind of guerrilla performance as well as workshop.

Performed: Art-Path Toride, 2003, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ibaraki, Japan | Photo by Akane Fukuoka