Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer
17 Oct 2008 - 15 Feb 2009
Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer is a dynamic, experimental and above all, experiential exhibition that gives viewers the chance to become active participants in the artistic process, and engage directly with projects created by 11 Canadian artists and collectives: Mowry Baden, Rebecca Belmore, BGL, Max Dean & Raffaello D’Andrea, Geoffrey Farmer, Massimo Guerrera, Glen Johnson, Rodney LaTourelle, Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins, Kent Monkman & Jana Sterbak. Their sculptures, immersive environments and installations encourage an active exchange between viewers, the gallery space and the work of art - an interaction that is in fact as significant as the artworks themselves. By promoting these new types of relationships, the artists all share the same goal: to implicate the audience in new and exciting ways. They seek to surprise us, to challenge us, and to show us how meaning is shaped through collaboration. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer is one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions ever mounted at the National Gallery.