Art galleries can tend to reflect an aesthetic that does not take the audience into account, and the corollary of this is that the displayed artwork does not consider the opinions of the public.
The layout of the gallery space is intended to encourage the visitor to look, see, and remember. The viewer becomes the silent consumer.
In this performance, “Speakers’ Corner”, my intention is to upset the role of the silent viewer/consumer and to change it from a passive to an active role, disrupting the way the gallery space is used.
The viewer, no longer constrained by silence, can talk about anything she wants - she creates her own presence: a democratic process?
The gallery is temporarily a space in which the voice is heard, as members of the public are invited to speak for 5 - 10 minutes on any topic they feel strongly about. Thoughts and feelings can now be expressed in the presence of an audience to create a social and creative exchange.
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