The Body of The Audience was initiated as a bachelor thesis during the graduation at the ArtScience Interfaculty, KABK-Koncon, The Hague, 2013. The research became the stepping stone for the artist’s oeuvre, through which Rodrigues draws attention to the conditions and processes lived by the public when in contact with an artwork and/or performance. She takes a holistic approach, dealing with the sensual, psychological and social aspects involved in the artistic experience.

illustration by Ludmila Rodrigues as instruction for ‘Approximation’ a haptic game-installation

The work examines how contemporary art can engage with the audience in unusual ways, expanding the possibilities of communication into an all-embracing, embodied experience. The Body of the Audience also questions how exhibition settings have established a limited mode of appreciation that is mostly based on visual and verbal presentation of artworks, restraining the public from a more direct experience. Whereas the public is conditioned to a certain behavior code – kept at a safe distance – the white cube etiquette ultimately may cause the loss of connection and of meaning.

illustration by Ludmila Rodrigues after a concert of Dan Deacon

The role of empathy and the senses are deeply emphasized as essential processes in the encounter with art; for which both audiences, artists and art institutions at large should be actively concerned.

illustration by Ludmila Rodrigues after “Diálogo: Óculos”, work of legendary artist and therapist Lygia Clark

All illustrations on this page can be found in the book The Body of The Audience. In 2015, the thesis was published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Hamburg (ISBN-10: 365978737X).

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December 4, 2013