Post-Death Bear Nate Hill is looking for a new artistic identity. He’s been walking the length of Manhattan in an all-white ensemble – an insulated, blank “cocoon” from which to emerge anew. As Mr. Dropout, he takes his Detachment Walks to Harlem and Washington Heights – “areas that do not normally see performance art of this kind” – keeping a lookout for cops and tweeting all the way.
He has been compared to a Muslim, a fencer and a condom – and he’s laughed it off. Nate’s a confident guy, seemingly immune to the Anxiety of Influence, so here’s one more association: Anyone knows the white-clad, white-capped British mystery gentleman seen strolling through East Village with a plastic bag of notes?
See Nate’s journey to self-induce his metamorphosis on video and in pictures (bonus: “mystery man” photos):
Mr. Dropout walks through Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan: