This Thursday, you should check out “DE-INHIBITIONATORS” presented by one of Art in Odd Places’ recent artist, Arielle Falk:
We recently caught up with Arielle to know more about her current project.
|Arielle Falk “DE-INHIBITIONATORS”|
Aiop: How’s everything since we featured you in our blog last year?
AF: Good, thanks for asking. I’ve mostly been busy working on this project, which I am thrilled to finally present.
Aiop: Why call the your recent project “DE-INHIBITIONATORS”?
AF: The sculptural structures in which the performers will be moving are called DE-INHIBITIONATORS. I titled them that because not only do they rid their inhabitants of any kind of self-conscious inhibition caused by awareness of being observed by The Other, but also, and more importantly, the idea is that our cultural practice of constructing our identities through consumption, in all its various guises, literally inhibits us both personally and societally. The structures temporarily remove all elements of one’s identity, thus freeing them from this particular mind-state that has permeated our brains, becoming almost second nature to most of us. What happens when we remove our clothes, shoes, bag, hair-styles, tattoos, ipods and other possessions – all the things that make up our personal brand? What I imagine is a sort of release, and that is what this project is about.
Aiop: How did you get started with the project?
AF: DE-INHIBITIONATORS grew out of a few previous projects, in particular, a series of sculptures entitled SUNGLASSES FOR THE FACE, which also explored some of the same themes (identity, commodification of the self, privacy, etc…) and a performance entitled THE CROSSING which was a lot about random, non-choreographed movement and the concept of personal space. I was fortunate to receive a grant from Franklin Furnace (www.franklinfurnace.org), which made this project possible.
Aiop: Is there a specific reason why you chose to do the project during a weekday morning?
AF: I chose a weekday morning because I want to avoid major crowds (Farmer’s Market doesn’t set up on Thursdays) so that the performers within the structures could move about with more ease and have more of the run of the park. I also wanted to catch the commuters, who by also moving through Union Square, will become part of this random dance in a way. The whole thing is more about being seen by members of the general public as they make their way to their next destination as opposed to people actually consciously choosing to attend and watch my event, on for instance, a Saturday afternoon.
Aiop: What should people in Union Square today expect from your project?
AF: To see something different, unexpected and hopefully more attractive and thought-provoking than the usual scenery: DSW, Best Buy, Diesel, Forever 21, and now, a la Times Square, even a TGI Fridays!
Thank you Arielle and we are very excited about your current project.
Information about “DE-INHIBITIONATORS” can be found below. We hope to see you there!