Niquelle LaTouche – READ ART
Preview: 24th February 2015, 4-5 pm, University of Reading Fine Art Department
VIVA: 23rd/ 24th March 2015, Time TBC, University of Reading Fine Art Department
Full Exhibition: 30th April 2015, 12pm, University of Reading Fine Art Department
READ ART is an intimate experience which immerses an individual in an empowering interactive sensory installation piece. Whilst concentrating thematically on re-readability, READ ART implements language to create a physically realised example of the ambiguous nature of art. If we treat art in the same manner as we do a written or spoken word, one can begin to see the ‘inexhaustible access to redefinition’ (Jacques Derrida Signature, event, context p.22). Like language, one engages in the manipulation of video, sound, light, sculpture and installation to redefine. READ ART highlights and questions the ephemeral nature of art.
In a very small and darkened enclosed space, the audience navigates one by one through the maze type setting. Whilst following the narrow winding pathway provided, the wandering body acts as the ‘reader’ who is forced to engage and interact with the series of works, acting as the new author who passively or actively will alter the appearance of the work. READ ART functions as a physical embodiment of theoretical texts on authorship by theorists Jacques Derrida and Rowland Barthes. The work extends outside of the ‘original’ mark that is initially presented. READ ART uses the body’s movement as an authorial trigger and as a tool which leads them through the series to the next interactive piece. The pieces can be manipulated passively (by their engagement with the space) or through their active decision, (following prompts which encourage the reader’s input or alteration) both reinforcing the death of authorship.
Subjectivity and intertextuality is a focal point of this work. Despite the varying use of media which may cause the series of works to be seen as standalone pieces, all pieces are intrinsically linked and interact with each other theoretically. One cannot determine a singular meaning as the mark we make takes on a life of its own and ‘the author is not the main arbiter, it is the reader.’(Rowland Barthes The Death of the Author p.145)This work encourages the plurality of interpretation and takes a very literal form of conceptual art. The work itself will become a transforming mark and will be in a state of change during the exhibition. READ ART embodies the language that inscribes it. Art is open to an individual interpretation but that is never the same.