CLAY: AN INSTRUMENT / 2010 / THE ARENA – OXFORD BROOKES

A plastic window in one side of a cardboard box allows viewers to look inside at a centrally placed mound of terra cotta covering a lit torch. Two cutout corners on opposite sides of the box make it possible to reach inside. Self-elected participants reach into the box and begin to shape the clay, warming it with their hands, but they’re unable to see what they’re creating. Viewers can see, but whether they can or will impact the blind process going on inside the box remains in question. What relationships, if any, will develop with non-participants watching the participants at work? Will those who can see make suggestions or will viewers remain passive? Aspects of the presentation resemble a television but what happens inside and around the box is an interactive theatre, a live model in which the roles of creators and viewers of media are explored.