’ PC Andy Warnes’
The viewer is invited to look in and listen through mirrored glass to a policeman talking. The connotations connected to the glass are clear; one relates this material to police interview rooms. In this situation however, the mirrored glass also works as a barrier between the viewer and the viewed. The projection is visible but one must look closely in order to observe the character clearly. This not only creates a lucid distinction between the viewer and the viewed but it also establishes the fact that the viewer is acting as a kind of voyeur and the policeman is being exposed. The issues and themes he speaks about may or may not be fact, which could possibly lead to the authenticity of the policeman being questioned. However, in the case of this piece, PC Andy Warnes is a genuine policeman. He is however, talking about non-police related issues. By talking about such issues the policeman is revealing certain aspects about himself, which are separate to his police identity. This is out of character for a uniformed individual and could be seen as foolish. The minute an individual puts on a uniform their identity becomes just that; a security guard is a security guard, a paramedic is a paramedic and so on. The power of the viewer and the viewed has been reversed.
‘Clown off’ Pasinger Fabrik – Munich
In an empty theatre setting, two clowns are taken out of their usual context and asked to ‘compete for the viewers attention’. With no audience to spur them on, the task is challenging and the outcome is somewhat awkward. Mark Schulter says of the clown “All theses characters have something contradictory about them, for while stimulating the positive sides to our emotions, prompting laughter and amazement, they likewise reference the limits and repression of normalcy, not to mention the worlds incomplete and unpredictable character” Set on separate cameras and displayed via a split screen the clowns are connected yet separate. The repetitive nature of the dialogue, combined with the clowns ‘tongue in cheek’ childish humor and their desire to out wit one another creates a video that is at times funny but more so annoying to watch.
‘Maze’ Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – Norwich
Fro this project it was proposed that the gallery entrance would be transformed into a 2D floor maze thus modifying the viewers experience. The Maze worked well in contrast to The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts collection. It made use of ground space, otherwise ignored resulting in spontaneous pedestrian participation. Instead of merely coming to gaze upon the preceding collection, which is implicit of the roll of the viewer, they were immediately confronted by the piece (due to its entrance location). The viewer is forced to make a decision as to whether they wish to interact with the Maze or merely observe.