BODYSPACEMOTIONTHINGS

Inspired by the exhibition in 1971 of Robert Morris' 'Bodyspacemotionthings', I had the idea of creating an interactive experience, whereby the audience would be encouraged to use a piece of play equipment in the gallery space. In doing so, my desire was for the audience to relive the nostalgic experience of 'play'.







THE EXHIBITION

I had intended to have a piece of play equipment, preferably a seesaw or a slide, installed in the centre of the exhibition space. On the surrounding walls would have been large scale paintings that had stemmed from childhood photographs and memories.





"Quite often you cannot tell if something is a work of art apart from the fact that people are standing around it and looking at it.

The other thing you might looks for is a queue. People love queuing for art, especially participatory art.

There is a need for spectacle, public spectacle. People want an outrageous and exciting experience from art and then they want to ponder slightly what it was about." - Grayson Perry in 'Playing to the Gallery'



Problems:

Queuing - the act becomes more of a performance and therefore loses its spontaneity.

Consciousness - adults are subconsciously more self-aware of their surroundings and of what they are doing.

Acquiring a piece of play equipment.

Health and safety.

Will an installation take attention away from the paintings?

Difficult to have enough viewing space to see the painting close up and with distance.