audience events and art machines

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller "Opera For A Small Room"
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller “Opera For A Small Room” 2005

 

This week I presented the Keynote Lecture at COFA’s PostGraduate Research Conference. Everyone was generous and offered wonderful responses that are going to feed into the next iteration of the art machine.

The paper was a close reading of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Opera for a Small Room (2005) and based on a book chapter soon to come out on “Deleuze, Schizoanalysis and Visual Art”.

 

My abstract:

The Audience and the Art Machine: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Opera for a Small Room

The art gallery is a stationary assemblage that enables transformation. The objects and situations that are presented within its walls are forever transitory, and behind-the-scenes is always full of activity. Into this space Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller place an apparatus of capture, a particular kind of art machine that is temporal, sonic and cyclical. This talk will use Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of the machinic to explore the way that Cardiff and Bures-Miller’s installation constructs an audience. I will suggest that Opera for a Small Room (2005) is an art machine that distinguishes itself as a particular way to think aesthetics (the cult) within the art gallery and because of the way that it forms audiences into events; it has the potential to shock viewers out of measured pre-existent relationships with art objects.