workshop as art: Seances
Anna Ádám considers workshop as one of her artistic medium. At the intersection of performance, mise-en-scène, and workshop, in form of these interactive and immersive Seances, she creates social and spatial contexts, develops new forms of collective aesthetics based on interactivity, participation, connection, and physical presence. Situated between relational aesthetics and new media theories of interactivity, Seances allow the participants to immerse themselves in a hybrid space, collaborate with the artist, who acts both as choreographer, dramatist, scenographer, and workshop leader, and therefore gain a more intensive and personal experience. During Seances, following the artist's instructions, partitions, and scripts, participants realize exercises, execute tasks, and they are, without realizing, slowly involved in a performance as makers, performers, and spectator at the same time. Based on collective creativity, Seances have always an artistic outcome (installation, objects, photo series, performances...), that can be seen as both it's documentation and production. Following the Seance, these art pieces generally remain in the space, and can be visited as an exhibition.
Photo - © Anna Ádám, 2018.