LIKE SHADOWS: A Celebration of Shyness [White Night Festival 2011]
A night of exhibition, performance, intervention, screening, music and contemplation
29 October 2011, 20.00 (BST) – 02.00 (GMT), Phoenix Brighton
Like Shadows is an interactive art experience with a twist!
The contemporary ‘ideal’ visitor to an art event is considered to be extrovert, visibly active and willing to participate. This extends to social networking where we are encouraged to share our lives, take part and interact in surveys, games and flash mobs. ‘Share or die’ is the mantra of the 21st Century for those with a lifestyle based on the network. But what about people who want to be private and to share their experiences in more contemplative ways?
Inspired by research on shyness from University of Sussex, Like Shadows offers the opportunity to experience and participate in events at a range of levels to suit the visitor. While most artworks gently encourage participation from the audience, there will also be quiet areas for different forms of engagement and reflection.
Comments and quotes about shyness or the exhibition can be left visibly or anonymously. As with all art, engagement is necessary to have a good experience but how you choose to engage is up to you. We hope that by midnight with the help of our cocktails (from our blushing bar staff) you might want to dance or at least think about it. And remember that the DJ or performer might be hiding behind the performance to avoid direct social contact.
Artists include: Jeannie Driver, Anna Dumitriu (the artist partner on the project), Tom Keene and Kypros Kyprianou, Alex May, Becky Page Alexa Wright and many others.
Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, grant EP/F064330/1 as part of Supporting Shy Users in Pervasive Computing undertaken by the departments of Informatics and Sociology at The University of Sussex and by Brighton and Hove City Council. Curated by Helen Sloan.