Parallel play (adjacent play, social coaction) – a form of play among a group of children in which each engages in an independent activity that is similar to but not influenced by or shared with the others. A stage through which children pass as they develop from solitary players to social players.
I’m always learning how to negotiate the relationships I have with others. People are unpredictable – they bring with them their own set of coherencies different to my own. Sometimes I try to make sense of these differences. Often it’s better if I don’t. I’d like us to be on the same page, but the dynamic I share with you is not the same one you share with me.
If the patterns of relationships that we currently operate in fail us or leave us wanting, what alternatives are there for us? How can we forge new ways of being together productively? I want us to be able to say the things we’re thinking to each other honestly and without fear of emotional disagreements, but it can feel like we’re in a competition to win the conversation. It’s important to be able to think and speak freely, but it can be hard to hear in a room full of people talking at the same time. Nonetheless, I’m invested in making connections.
There can exist, a four-stage process through which audiences pass in theprocess of encountering creative works.
* Contextualization – the acquiring of information and insight allowing for deeper understanding and appreciation.
* Artistic Exchange – the conveyance of experience and meaning between artist and public, bounded in time between the start and the completion of the event or experience.
* Post-Processing – the process of reflecting on a work of art, consciously or unconsciously, after the artistic exchange.
* Impact Echo – referring to the result of remembering a work days, months, or years later.
The experience begins from the moment an audience member makes the decision to be present at an event. From that moment onward, a gathering and sharing of contextual information about the upcoming event may begin, with the ultimate goal of heightening anticipation.
N.B. The artistic exchange in many cases may be the only stage an audience member experiences. When we, as artists, engage in the act of presenting work to audiences, we shift from solitary players into social players, and you may do the same. When an exhibition of works is mounted, it is not merely the art works themselves that make up the exhibition, but also the presence of audiences. It requires us to consider; challenge this arrangement or align to it, leave it open or manipulate it.
Hannah Beatrice is a Wellington-based performance artist; graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2013 with a Bachelor in Performance Design, and now undergoing Masters in Fine Art at the College of Creative Arts, Massey.
The work engages with nihilistic philosophies, existential tendencies, and an attempt at escaping escapism. Hannah experiments inside of an interaction with audiences that moves beyond mere voyeurism and into visceral experiences. The performances operate in short form, ranging from 15 - 20 minutes, as a graphic and explosive interruption on the routines of everyday life.