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Mind Map   Series: The unconscious and live art

Mind Map - photo

2009

The Collaboration Station, Norwich University College of The Arts, October 2009

To trace the mind and track the performance.

Mind maps track thought flow; they enable you to see the workings of the mind, the links and jumps from thought to thought, allowing you to identify the previous trigger. In a live performance only the traces are left to show the journey of actions; you have to be there, the bridges are burnt when the performer finishes. For this reason documentation remains an important element in recording that fleeting moment.

In Mind map the audience were asked to make a record of the performance; the audience involvement challenged the traditional spectator gaze; their comfort zone was upturned in order for them to experience another form of spectatorship; this enriched the dynamics of the performance.

I instructed the audience to put the white suits on to protect their clothes, I then sprinkled red ink and baby powder on their heads whilst painting, and let the mind map contents spill over them so that they too became documentation of the event.

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