Unofficial Unworks

Unofficial Unworks are Unexperiences, Unimages, Unvisitors, Unhere appearing uninvited in art venues and other public spaces, enacted by visitor-performers. As public we usually conform, performing our visitor roles, consuming quietly what is in front of our eyes. As artists we usually follow artworld's implicit codes, protocols, structures of validation, hoping to be seen, invited, appreciated. Artists can and should sometimes deviate from these dynamics. And visitors too. Unofficial Unworks points to normative equivalences between art venues, shops and other environments and affects some of their invisible influences. Unofficial Unworks is also a response to our times in which conformism is strongly associated with responsibility, care and good citizenship, and art more and more non-live and "non essential".

The Unworks:

Visitors-performers shift their attitudes and moods, embodying and slightly distorting suspicion, awe, confusion, pensiveness, sadness, boredom, joy, alienation, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, hypersensitivity and other possible states in which art visitors can be. Sometimes the reactions seem to be related to the space, to other visitors, to the works, or to shared expectations and conventions. Unexperiences affects the experience of having an experience, adding a meta layer of self reference to the event. Affecting the ways of encountering the work becomes the work. 

Unimages introduces glitches in the behaviors of certain visitors-performers, subtle anomalies in their self-presentations, in their images, deviations from the plausible comportments meant to affect the others' automatic readings and perceptions. The capacity of seeing and understanding, of forming coherent images about what is in front of our eyes, may be questioned and refreshed. 

Unvisitors are performers acting as visitors for the duration of the exhibition. The ambiguous meeting between real and “fake” visitors can create a slight dissonance in the space, an incongruence between the two types of presence. The visitors can become suspicious about who is performing but also the subjects of others' suspicion, becoming performers. A meta layer that includes the visitors’ own roles in the art experiences is added to the event.

Unhere is activated by visitors-performers that seem out of touch with reality, out of place, unhere. They deviate from basic adjustments, activating states and affects corresponding to other realities than the situations in which they are. Because we simulate the bodies that we encounter, the feeling of other realities/worlds can be contagious. In general we conform to environments, we want to be adjusted to "here and now", to behave adequately, even in art, and usually that's fine. But sometimes is good to undo the automated submissions, to open up or transcend situations, to go Unhere.

Performers Eliza Trefas, Florin Flueras.