Date of Award
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Theater is used as a lens through which I view the act of role play in participatory and interaction based artworks. I examine the elements of Action – in participatory or performance works—and Set—in immersive installation works – for their effectiveness in creating avenues for empathetic relations in my own work and that of contemporary artists. I distinguish between the overblown spectacle of Peter Brook’s Deadly Theater and connect the mission of the Holy Theater to that of my own art practice. Performance, immersive installation, participation and interaction thereby serve to allow the artwork’s participants to engage in role-taking and play to connect with the uninhibited self. I discuss the limiting impact of life experience and social acceptability in enforcing us to become self-guarding and distrustful of our community. My work upholds a reconnection to childhood experience and seeks to break down the barriers for connection that form over our lifetimes. I propose that the key to truly connecting with one another and forming and maintaining community is learn to trust and depend on one another again. My work strives to be a opportunity to break the walls between us and allow freedom of interaction.
Zajdel, Grace, "Breaking the Fourth Wall: Avenues for Empathy through Participation and Interaction" (2019). Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers. 65.