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Process as Performance: the Creative Environment

By: Monika Tobel

 

Chris Barham, with my assistance, is creating an interactive installation.

 

Our interest lies within the terrain of self-generated audience participation.

Can an artwork or environment present a situation in which the viewer feels safe enough, or enticed enough to engage in the process, without actual instructions within the work?

Please let us know your thoughts and experiences regarding the subject. We are open for all ideas and criticism.

 

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Chris Barham, 'Monika Tobel'. Photo: Monika tobel. The Ramp of Unfavourable Probability in action

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Chris Barham, 'Monika Tobel'. Photo: Monika tobel. The Ramp of Unfavourable Probability in action

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Side A and B of Process as Environment, containing the plans for the Chocolate Museum and other parts of the negotiation of intent and its workings.

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Side A and B of Process as Environment, containing the plans for the Chocolate Museum and other parts of the negotiation of intent and its workings.

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Linking the spacial elements ...

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Linking the spacial elements ...

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Dynamic Object Starting Point

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Dynamic Object Starting Point

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. At the root of Side B

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. At the root of Side B

# 4 [30 November 2011]

and here we are.. the last day of the project has arrived... when all elements come together, that's when we have to dispose of the installation:(

There were many interesting successes and even more useful failures throughout the process of building the environment. All this newly acquired knowledge will serve us in the presentation of the Chocolate Museum of which I will keep all posted on a new blog.

To finish up the magnificent journey that we have taken through November, I'll post some images that some up the final outcome.

Many thanks to Artsite and the Postmodern Gallery for giving us the opportunity and the space to work in and for the National Lottery Fund for the financial support and off course all of our precious audiences whom helped in the formation of the environment.:)

# 3 [29 November 2011]

As time of the residency passes the date of the final exhibition comes closer. This triggers the last minute hyper work forces.Which in term lets the installation follow its own pat while integrating with the upcoming work and us working on different elements inside it.

As we both work towards the presentation of Chocolate Museum the environment overtakes the project and more and more people engage and interact with various elements.

The question still stands though... How much prompting does the viewer needs to realize the possibility of engagement or to feel comfortable enough to join in.

Here's the promised video... sorry for the delay :)

Please let us know if you have any comments , ideas etc

Chris Braham: The Ramp of Unfavourable Probability

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. The very begining of the performance/installation.. taking over tha space

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. The very begining of the performance/installation.. taking over tha space

Chris Barham, 'Dyanmic Ocject starting Point'. Photo: Monika tobel.

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Chris Barham, 'Dyanmic Ocject starting Point'. Photo: Monika tobel.

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. and the space fills up with all that is involved in the proccess of creation

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. and the space fills up with all that is involved in the proccess of creation

Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Chris at work

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Chris Barham. Photo: Monika tobel. Chris at work

Chris Barham, 'The Ramp of Unfavourable Probability'. It si a fromtal shot of the famous ramp with my personaly executed cirlce of flame... a video of its inner working will follow tomorrow

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Chris Barham, 'The Ramp of Unfavourable Probability'. It si a fromtal shot of the famous ramp with my personaly executed cirlce of flame... a video of its inner working will follow tomorrow

# 2 [25 November 2011]

It has been great to see the process behind an artwork gaining a life of its own through Chris' Process as Performance project. The space acquired a feel of a journey through the mind of the artist...

It is like a three dimensional sketchbook with many playful entries. decisions and slight distractions included.

As The Ramp of Unfavourable Probability proves ; all is part of art, every thought , action and experience will find its way into the work.

Both of us added bits of information  to the overall outcome as our collaboration will be part of the Chocolate Museum ( the exhibition that will follow the open-creation (i.e. Process as Performance..) during December.

Here some images of the evolution of the work. please let us know if there are any thoughts , ideas that could be beneficial to us.

thank you

Mon

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I really enjoyed my visit to Chris Barham's art project. I only got half way through the experience before I was interupted by my own ponderings. The work promises you glimpses of personal understanding if you give it the chance to. I particularly liked the fact that the work had been visited by the 'trajectory fairy' and as I played I could also applaud... reminding me of the wonderment of childhood all over again. There was, for me at least, a worrying undertone to the work, generating feelings in me reminiscent to not understanding my school homework and feeling I ought to. I want to go back...

posted on 2011-11-26 by Beverley Greig

Chris Barham, 'poster'.

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Chris Barham, 'poster'.

# 1 [21 November 2011]

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Monika Tobel

Hello

We are two artists , working together on the above project. Besides this work we are both pursuing our own ideas which circulate around similar questions. If you are interested please visit our web sites

:) thank you

 

http://www.chrisbarham.net

http://www.monikatobel.com