NSTRUCTION EXPERIMENT: ACTION/REACTION II – 2015
The second iteration of this performative action staged in the window space of DfbrL8r Gallery as part of RAPID PULE International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, IL.
‘Instruction Experiment’ invites an audience of both digital and physical spectators to send an instruction / action / thing to do that I must enact / interpret / subvert within the confides of the gallery window space. These instructions are gathered prior and during the performance via several online platforms (website/ twitter/instagram), as well by audience members viewing the performance live.
Equipped with a selection of standard art supplies and office materials (along with introduced materials on a case-by-case basis) I am tasked with performing as many of the submitted
instructions as possible, the evidence of each actions visually recorded in the space as well as being documented via social media to create a virtual record of each action.
Throughout the course of the performance the window space acts as an observational viewing platform where I and my methodology can be constantly observed, as well as a site of performative detritus that in its cumulative effect exposes patterns, processes and method within my experimental practice.
The above images document the performance in progress and below are a selection of images representing a number of actions undertaken. A full visual record actions of can be found on Instagram. (#instructionexperiment)
Some instructions performed include: 'Drink juice made from Natural Strawberries', 'Illustrate globalization', 'Write your Autobiography', 'Draw a World', 'Make a line as long as all the hair on your head', 'Write a love letter', 'Mark the beats between your heart beat', 'Text someone your thoughts on roses', 'Draw the limits of your body', 'Make Breath' and 'Rotate on your axis like a spinning top – rotate as often and as ferociously as you like. Stop Spinning. Draw a Circle. Repeat.'