This slideshow is here so we both know what to do was a presentation/performance presented at Akademie Schloss Solitude in February 2013. The slideshow (and the speech given by the artist in response to the slideshow) served as a series of cues that triggered various actions by the audience, which were assigned on index cards. Actions included: if you hear the word “performance,” please stand up; take photographs; if you see more than three people standing, applaud; and other simple tasks. Four audience members were also cued at various points to read from provided texts: Adrian Piper’s essay in  Claire Bishop’s Participation, Lucy Lippard’s The Lure of the Local, Peter Brook’s The Empty Space, and Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors. This process of reading cued by images and/or actions was a first foray into live footnoting.

This slideshow is here was created to question the format of the artist’s talk, which generally encourages passive engagement by an audience sitting in the dark. My work is best experienced as it is lived, including in presentation format. Bringing the audience to the light (and “to the stage”) allowed all listeners to have the experience of being part of a piece as well as learning about one.

Photographs by Patrick Ritter, Akademie Schloss Solitude.