Many artists find the fact of actively involving the public highly appealing – but to what end and, above all, how should they do it? Kate McIntosh has chosen to get hands-on and, together with a group of performers and artists, experiment with physical and sensory interaction. And to ensure that the creative sparks really fly, she has invited an exponent of the Finnish collective Other Spaces as her lab partner. Using their participatory practices as the starting point, the two experts explore the methodology and ethics of audience guidance, agency and bewilderment.
A hands-on and experiential workshop, about inviting audiences into physical and sensory interactions – why they should do it, and how to approach it. Kate McIntosh and Toisissa Tiloissa / Other Spaces will introduce their different practices (in which audiences can become mushrooms and superclusters, or smash objects and collaborate in the dark) – opening up the work to explore their methods and the questions that arise about audience guidance and agency, bewilderment, simplicity, and the ethics of performative self-cultivation.
During the Lab, participants will be involved in experiential exercises and methodological discussions stemming from the practices of workshop leaders Kate McIntosh and Toisissa Tiloissa / Other Spaces, as well as designing and discussing their own proposals.
The Lab is suited to performance and art makers with a practice of physically involving audiences, or with an interest in developing this possibility in their work. It might also be of interest to other practitioners who design immersive spaces and experiences, i.e. scenographers, therapists, teachers, etc., who are keen to approach their work from a performative perspective.