Shopping for Art: the development of art installations in public places

Research Description

The following research proposal is an example of work by an artist whose art practice involves interdisciplinary choreography.  While the specific project described was not implemented, it illustrates the issues associated with this kind of work.  For this reason, it is written in the future tense, as though it were a proposed piece of research.

The artist brings together elements of movement, sound and image as part of choreographic environments; these are developed for everyday spaces in the form of live performances and installations.  The work is based on the underlying assumption that it is possible to apply choreographic techniques on materials other than the dancing body, for example, images and sounds.

The project will involve installations in public places, for example, shopping malls, and will include contributions from individuals in the local community.  The focus of this work is the dynamic relationships between elements in the environment; the proposed installations will be related to the perception of space in the environment.  They will take the form of small, non-intrusive projections, intended to provoke novel perceptions of a known environment.  The project has a practical application to urban planning, and the purpose of the research is to contribute to a more dynamic use of space.

Research will investigate a particular space, in this case a local shopping centre, working with those who inhabit it.  The work involves collaboration with community groups, and will involve three approaches:

  • Interviews with groups or individuals eliciting stories of how or why they use the shopping centre, or memories of the space as it is or as it was before becoming a shopping centre.
  • Contributions from individuals of materials such as photographs, videos, sounds that express their experiences and memories.
  • Consultation with community groups on the development of the artwork.

The research would involve collaboration with social scientists to develop an appropriate methodology.

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