Informances are participatory artworks, or happenings. During the Informance participants explore their sense of proprioception by using their bodies to construct geometric shapes from soft, stretchy, colorful bands. The activities fuse together ideas of conceptual art, therapeutics, and play through a set of guided experiences. Participants choose from a loose set of instructions to explore tactile and visual experiences, while considering their interior thoughts and feelings. The experimental exercises are fun and relaxing and help build connections between participants. Cunningham’s Informances are inspired by Francine Shapiro’s ground breaking trauma therapies of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Fluxus Art and the Brazilian Neo–concrete artists of the 1950s and ’60s who rejected pure forms of geometric abstraction for more sensorial methods of art making.
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