the art-experience: explained
“One has to cross out that word 'observer' and put in its place the new word 'participator.' In some strange sense, the universe is a participatory universe.”
- John Wheeler, theoretical physicist
the greater purpose
I believe art has the power to connect and awaken us to ourselves. The art-experience, in particular, is a place where consequences disappear, where performance and experiential environments can invite people to connect - both to themselves and others - on true, deep levels. I believe in such spaces we are able to build bridges to our inner selves, as well as across the differences we perceive in each other. We can then foster healing, understanding, and growth.
"True art is the intermediary between man's ordinary nature and his higher potentialities."
~ E.F. Schumacher in "A Guide for the Perplexed"
I want to step beyond the superficial boundaries we erect within, around, and between us, and encourage people to truly be -- both with themselves and each other. Can we heal ourselves from within? Can we transcend the chasms between our cultures and embrace the universal connection? If we can, perhaps we can start to overcome our fears, and take the next steps we need - both as individuals, and through that, as a society.
Participants at BIMBIM's art-experience, "Ego Relaxation"
what is it?
The art-experience is an immersive journey where audience members serve as active participants in the creative piece. This is as opposed to being passive observers, which is the traditional role of the audience in relation to art. Rather than watching a film, going to a play or concert, or viewing artwork at a museum, at an art-experience, the audience member actually participates in the piece itself. In other words, without the participant, the art would not happen.
why is this significant?
This form of creation incorporates a physical and personal experience of art and self that can be powerful and impressionable, but also playful! The rules of behavior change in the art-experience--judgement and societal consequence fade away--which opens up a world of exploration. The art-experience encourages participants to set down the mask they wear on a day to day basis, and invites them to encounter themselves and others in new and deeper ways.
"Alchemical Activation" with the BIMBIM Art Collective