I have always been interested in the blur between subjects. The point at which one thing is both neither yet has characteristics that can be attributed to either party.

I guess the direction I take this word is a selfish one, as in its a subject that has been sparked and will hopefully be indulged by my journey back into education.

I took a long time to find a course I was genuinely excited about applying for (and for a little while, I was definitely thinking about applying because I was expected to) – finding the Performance design MA was a complete fluke. Finding a course which enabled me to explore and develop my (quite eclectic) interests was quite amazing.

I have 3 main lines of enquiry I wish to expand –

  • The relationship between viewer and performer. The effect of emotional content/technical difficulty and the level of observation of an audience – I am curious to try to measure this and plot it in a three dimensional log, one that evolves with each interaction.

This is less to do with blur and more to do with interaction. Yet, I do feel it plays into how an artist uses that collaborative quality of a performance to create a dialogue between one and the other. 

A performance at the EJC 206
  • The relations between; stage performance (dance, circus, theatre etc); fine art (predominantly conceptual performance) and sports that encompass a performance based dynamic (martial arts/dance/gymnastics, to an extent) – In the past year I have become more conscious of the obscure lines between these disciplines.

This is a more personal endeavour, and one found through a mishmash of jobs/interests/pursuits. The point at which a performance is no longer a piece of contemporary art, but a stage show or a competition piece is intriguing. Also, the importance of the setting of the performance, whether on the stage, street, gallery, screen or mats. 

Me and the brother competing in the self defence division of the WMFK 2015 world championships.  (photo courtesy of Mark Williams)
  • The relationship between object and viewer – and the interactions between them that in turn creates and transforms a piece or interpretation of a piece from its initial intended significance – the idea that the audience makes the art is one that has been important for me for a long time.

The point at which the artists leaves the work, and the interpretation is on the viewer. This is a subject I have previously looked into in Objects as art. There is a continuous push and pull between the two parties involved in art (the maker and the audience). I am interested in how that is used in a live performance setting, and where one ends and another starts.

Definite Sunday ramblings.

via Daily Prompt: Blur


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