Confronting awkwardness

Posted on September 21st, 2017

For 17 years the Visualeyez festival has provided space for performance artists to craft and present performances. Just as the act of performance art itself challenges cultural norms, Visualeyez has focused in on a theme that questions our contemporary life. As we looked back at the first Visualeyez the themes of surveillance, voyeurism and the boundaries between our personal and private lives emerged as the themes in the early 2000s. This year the festival focuses on the idea of awkwardness.

Curator Todd Janes writes that as technology has permeated our interactions, they have become highly codified. “If we were to suddenly remove societal perceptions and norms of behaviour then we could examine if there is such a thing as suitable societal interactions. If  not then there might not be such a thing as awkwardness.”

Find the full curatorial statement here.