As part of Rochester Art Center’s 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series, Mayor For a Day was a snapshot of a day spent in the city of Rochester, from my perspective. Through video, photographs, and ephemera from the day, Mayor For a Day documented my experience with Mayor Ardell F. Brede. From lunch at the Mayor’s favorite restaurant, to taking selfies at a Honker’s baseball game, I accompanied Mayor Brede, encountering and shaking hands with the public along the way.
Featuring Rochester’s theme song, Rochester’s a Number One City, 1994, by Doug Porter (musician and founder of local band Knufunk) this video follows Cloud and the Mayor as they go about their day. The song and its lyrics (“nicest people you will ever meet”) echo the visual tone of the video: engaged, friendly, and active.