The Unsuspecting Audience

Pure Research number thirteen was led by Moynan King and Sherri Hay at Glen Morris Studio at the University of Toronto in Toronto, on December 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2007.

Topic of research and goals: Exploration of the interstices between social and theatrical experience. This research was a continuation of Pure Research number eight “The Invitation”. This time they turned the attention to the responses and actions of the larger unsuspecting world: observing if and when ´the public´ became an audience.

General inquiries: To what degree the audience felt the performance was for their benefit? To what degree they felt it was about them? To what degree they felt they could control it? To what degree they felt they ´got it´?; What was their level of engagement with us?; How visible we perceived ourselves to be in each costume and each venue, and how much space we felt we took up?; How we fell into the role elicited from us by the costume?; How we fell into the role elicited from us by the audience?; What was our level of comfort with the different kinds of attention we received?

Participants:

Lead researcher: Moynan King and Sherri Hay.

Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, and Naomi Campbell.


  Bear Suit and Business Woman Costume Coffee Shop

Photographs of the bear suit and business woman costume at a coffee shop.

  Bear Suit and Business Woman Costume Restaurant

Photographs of the bear suit and business woman costume at a restaurant.

  Bear Suit and Business Woman Costume Bank Machine

Photographs of the bear suit and business woman costume at the bank machine.

  Bear Suit and Business Woman Costume Mall

Photographs of the bear suit and business woman costume at the mall.


  Bear Suit and Bussines Woman Costume Preparation

Photographs of the bear suit and business woman costume preparation.

  Uniform Costume Lighting Cigarettes

Photographs of the uniform costume lighting cigarettes.

  Uniform Costume Opening Doors

Photographs of the uniform costume opening doors.

  Victorian Dresses Costume Mall

Photographs of the victorian dresses costume at the mall.


  Victorian Dresses Costume Outside

Photographs of the victorian dresses costume outside.

  Victorian Dresses Costume Preparation

Photographs of the victorian dresses costume preparation.

  Twins Costume Subway

Photographs of the twins costume in the subway station.

  Twins Costume Shopping

Photographs of the twins costume shopping.


  Twins Costume Preparation

Photographs of the twins costume preparation.

  Pyjama Costume Subway

Photographs of the pyjama costume in the subway station.

  Pyjama Costume Shopping

Photographs of the pyjama costume shopping.

  Pyjama Costume at a Coffee Shop

Photographs of the pyjama costume at a coffee shop.


  Pyjama Costume Preparation

Photographs of the pyjama costume preparation.

  Performance Proposal

Performance proposal as research outcome.

  Workshop Schedule

Schedule for the 3 days of workshop.

  Notes and Observations

Naomi Campbell´s notes and observations on the interventions.


  Invitation to Observe

Invitation for prospective observers of the workshop.

  Research Proposal

Moynan King´s and Sherri Hay´s research proposal.

  Report

Final report on the research project.