Migration of the Guffins is a site-specific performance that took place both at High Line Park in New York City and online on Wikipedia. The goal of the project was to explore the relationship between myth, media, site, and interaction. The physical and virtual sites reinforce each others’ authenticity. Viewers on the High Line are able to “research” the Guffins online, while online viewers are provided with “evidence” in the form of photo and video documentation from an identifiable space. In both spaces the ability of the Guffin to be camouflage with its surroundings is key.
In the performance, the Guffins perform their yearly migration to honor various sacred places in the park. They do this through ritual motions such as circling objects and bowing to them. The visual form of the Guffins is drawn from the appearance of the park itself in which architecture and landscape blend seamlessly together. The Guffins' behavior is meant to reflect the actions of the park visitors, walking and taking pictures, but in a ritualized form. We were also inspired by the story of the west-side cowboys, who used to lead trains through the city in order to prevent accidents with pedestrians and vehicles. Audience participation is a necessary component of this project. Our goal is that viewers will document sightings of the creatures and then go on to perpetuate the myth online.