Through this piece I am exploring audience relationships and perception, touching upon new media, technology and misplacement of an art spectacle. I’m creating circumstances for engagement with the aim to question the role of a spectator.
The Sitter focusses on the act of spectatorship in an exhibition context. It takes shape of a responsive light bench that lights up when sat on. When exhibited, it is shown in relation to other work so it can be mistaken for a regular seat.
The work is activated when someone sits on the surface. The red ambient lights are not visible from the sitters perspective, but they may be observed by someone else in the audience. In this way one may unknowingly or intentionally become a performer.