||Audience as Subject is a two-part exhibition that reverses the role of the audience from that of spectator to subject, exposing the dramatic mechanisms underlying public gatherings of people. By focusing the viewer's attention on the characteristics and behaviors of individuals in a group environment – body language, facial expressions, attitudes, gestures and actions – the artists challenge our perceptions about participation in civic life. They reveal what we collectively become when we gather together to participate in a common experience and and investigate the effect this process has on our individuality. The two parts of the exhibition will take place at YBCA over a period of approximately two years. Part 1 explores medium-sized audiences in such venues as concert halls, theaters and lecture halls. Part 2 examines the differences between large audiences, such as those attending sporting events, political rallies and outdoor performances, with audiences for smaller, more intimate events, including television viewing and computer interaction.
A dark-haired man with a three-day beard boards a bus, takes a seat, and talks on his cellphone to a woman whom he threatens to kill. Should the other passengers ignore his conversation, or butt in? Stefan Constantinescu's provocative short drama, 'Troleibuzul 92,' examines how actions and behavior that take place in the public realm, and the "theatricalization" of social practices, affect viewers' experience and their reaction to it.
'Troleibuzul 92' is one of several videos that comprise "Audience as Subject, Part I: Medium." The title's last word refers to the "medium-sized audiences" Constantinescu and his fellow artists analyze with their lenses. The exhibit spotlights public spaces where people wittingly or unwittingly participate in a group dynamic, including the steps of an Albanian street and the sets of raucous U.S. television shows.