Navigating the Maze with Kirsten Wechslberger

27 February 2015
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Kirsten Wechslberger’s Navigating the Maze will be exhibited at the FNCC Gallery from Friday 9 March 2015 until 8 April..

In a press statement this week, the FNCC described it as a conceptual exhibition where the idea precedes the choice of material.

The statement further added that the exhibition is designed to create awareness in the viewer of their life-choices and emotional states. It will have the viewer becoming the participant.

Conceptual art, sometimes simply called Conceptualism, is art in which the concept or idea involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns.

The artist’s major themes are all spiritual in nature (vulnerability, boundaries, choices, growth). Performance art is a performance presented to an audience, traditionally interdisciplinary.

Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation.

The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience.

“The artist hopes to challenge the viewer to become responsible for their own choices in life. The exhibition consists of participatory artworks, installation and performance/video installation,” the press statement read.

Sabine Aquilini, former Director of the Goethe Centre will be opening the exhibition in which the artist hopes to encourage the viewer to reflect on their personal experiences.

The opening night performance will be live-streamed.

The exhibition consists of four works in total; two participatory artworks, one installation and one performance/video installation.

The participatory artworks require the viewer to become part of the artwork by engaging and experiencing it physically. The major participatory/performance art piece, Tunnel, is a 15 square meter multimedia work, which will engage all of the senses to experience two opposing states of being and will take a few minutes to experience.

The second participatory art/performance piece called Maze is another multimedia set of which will encourage the viewer/participant to reflect on their personal experiences by following pre-existing pathways applicable to their own life.

Choices is an installation suspended from the ceiling, made from seven round discs, each one representing a different chakra as well as the infinite amount of choices we take and are faced with while we are on our life journey.

The last work titled Vulnerable is a performance artwork. It consists of a variety of mediums amongst which one is a video projection and a live performance by the artist. It speaks of the vulnerability of boundaries be it physical or emotional especially of those of women and children that have gone through some form of abuse.

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