My name is Bizzy Young, and I currently live in Oxford Ohio where I attend Miami University.
This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to work with a mentor
and develop a digital installation art project that I dubbed “The Couch Project”
The simple reason I started this project was because I’ve always been a curious listener.
My life as a listener went hand in hand with collecting. I collect the words, images, and ideas of those around me and I have come to realize that I am not alone in doing so: we as humans are a compilation of the habits and traits we have gathered and learned from those around us.
After 21 years of gathering, I came to the obvious conclusion that there are people very different than me who hold meaningful knowledge on life itself. A desire to collect their stories and lives propelled me to create something that I could share with others just as curious as I was. So inspired by the idea that we are made up of bit and pieces compiled from people around us, I dove into the realm of digital art and captured small snapshots of my interactions with strangers that I found profound and provoking.
The Couch Project is comprised of a series of smaller installments, documenting my interactions with strangers. The installments each reveal something small about human nature. You can navigate through the tabs above to view the projects and get a better understanding of how they come together to make the Couch Project.
“Through this entire project,
I’ve found that people possess this rather incredible trait to surprise you,
if given the chance.”
A special thanks to everyone
who made this project possible:
and the rest of my friends
who have supported my weird
and extravagant ideas
(and to all those strangers)