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Emily Carr University of Art and Design Graduate studies (Degree granting institution)
Finding water : the machine of awesome bright liquid blueness
Social practice (Art)SculptureInteractive artPerformance
The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness project investigates the ideas of convenience, fashion and entertainment as they relate to a specific community’s choice around drinking water. A hybrid of participatory and dialogical art practices incorporating an interactive sculpture along with the artist performing direct community outreach is the foundation of what the artist refers to as a performance sculpture. A performance sculpture utilizes an interactive sculptural apparatus as an activation or focusing point within a larger community engagement project. The process of directly recruiting, consulting, and collaborating with community partners is a key part of a performance sculpture. Projects work to combine both art product and process in order to facilitate a public through emblematic, supportive, and participatory means. Guided by a migration of educational methods and socially engaged art practices, a performance sculpture is multimodal in its strategy. Its projects operate with five root concerns: examining how art and a communal experience actually operate in everyday life; speaking a language that everyday people can understand; existing in a public space; instigating a collective action; and creating ubiquity and embracing popular methods of cultural production. The level and amount of these concerns will vary from project to project and audience to audience.
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