Occasion to run into you, maybe? This weekend I am leading Toronto-based artists Andrea Nann, Jean Yoon and Brenda Joy Lem into shopping malls to improvise and experiment around the concept of “invisible art.” (See below for more explanation.) We had another great meeting Monday night and everyone is feeling rather excited. If you happen on us making art at the mall, please feel free to photograph / videorecord us – and please send us your images!
More excitement. In April 2013, I will be presenting the results of this research experiment as an independent artist/researcher at the American Comparative Literature Association‘s annual conference. This is exciting, really – if you are a geek like me. The conference theme this year is Global Positioning System, and my paper will be featured in a seminar series entitled, “Uproot, Downroot: Performance Art as Positioning.” I’m thrilled that they accepted my paper proposal, which explains more of what I mean by invisible art, and which you can read on Scribd. Here’s an extract :
When the art is intentionally made “invisible” what are our intentions? Performing creation rather than presenting a rehearsed performance, this performance experiment derives its premise from Augusto Boal’s idea of “invisible theatre”: Each artist freely translates the concept and any (or none) of Boal’s original intentions into their own practice to enact “invisible art” inside the shopping mall.
And beyond. The experiment is being supported by the Ontario Arts Council, which I hope will support a full-fledged “production” to take place at the mall (we’re playing with ideas now, with the aim of producing a refined idea or a set of ideas later). This research also ties into my connections with the Culture of Cities Centre at the Centre for Social Innovation where I am looking at cultural engagement as a fundamental aspect of public health.