Photos by Alina Popa and Larisa Crunțeanu
From the posture of a visitor to an art exhibition, a performer shifts, from time to time, the attitudes and states about what's happening. Sometimes the reactions seem to be related to the space, sometimes to the visitors, sometimes to shared expectations and conventions… The atypical reactions and the alterations of the typical ones affects the formalized situation of the art event. Unexperiences works with the automatisms of having an experience – the implicit attitudes and emotions associated with a situation, in this case, of an audience seeing art. More than presenting something to the esthetic sensibilities of the visitors, Unexperiences is interested in how affecting those sensibilities becomes the work.
It's presupposed that you will experience the work if you come to see it. In this case we can sometimes have Unexperiences, but we will often be in a process of searching for them.
The work is done by visitors and performers in different degrees at different times. The visitors are sometimes present, sometimes absent. The performers are sometimes there, sometimes not.