October 23, 2008

Both pieces are highly dependent on the participation of viewers. In vBox, viewers are invited to use the twenty plus controllers to overwrite and break down an existing audio piece. In twice, score two participants take controls at two keyboards to co-write “poetry” and play with the concentric form the words are programmed to be written in.

The works mark a change in Moffat’s idea of experimental installation work. Traditionally she would set up an environment for the viewer to experience. The viewer’s experience was entirely something Moffat caused on them. It was important for her that the new work involved viewers generating their experience themselves.

“What I’m doing here is building a system for other people to work within. I talk a lot about the subjective/collective. What this is doing is rather than theoretically being about the collaborative it’s actually bringing people right into being part of a collaboration.”

For twice, score Moffat even hands a sort of ownership over to the viewer. Once a poem is composed, viewers are given the option of saving their creation or erasing it. Saved pieces can viewed online here.

“It’s the kind of piece that I really want people to come to. I like language, but I’m starting to feel if I talk too much I’m telling people what to think rather than people coming to it and having their own experience…Come and work with the piece, or play it, or do it. Because that’s what the pieces are rather than me talking about them.”

COM POSE will be on display from Fri October 23 – Fri December 19 at Saskatoon’s College Building Art Gallery.

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