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Mob Rules 

Wednesday, Feb 8 2012
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“Audience” does not always equal “spectator.” Have you ever bulled into the thick of a mosh pit, body-surfed at an outdoor festival, or thrilled to the collective power of a political rally? These scenarios and others are presented for what they are -- and aren’t -- in “Audience as Subject, Part 2: Extra Large.” In this multimedia exhibit a dozen artists, including Andrea Bowers and Gonzalo Lebrija, focus on the crowd rather than what’s happening on stage. Sometimes their work is simply unfiltered documentation (video and photography). Others are more personal interpretation, through drawing or painting. Regardless of the medium, the common thread is training the lens on the people to capture the nuances of attitude, interaction, and personality. If you’ve ever seen the multitude of cell-cams light up a concert hall or looked into the fight-filled eyes of Occupy protesters, you know this is rich territory for dialogue on the whys and hows of mob behavior. We humans are pack animals, social in the extreme. Even today, when digital connection trumps face-to-face communication, we need to spend physical time with others who think and feel like we do. At tonight’s opening, groove with DJ Sake-Onederful and gaze wide-eyed at a Butoh performance by Deborah Butler. And rest assured, cameras will record your every move.
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