In week three’s readings on Latour’s work, we learn how he takes on the approach that the world exists as “connections”, or “hybrids” otherwise known as quasi objects. He describes how this is the starting point and it is through these networks that we continue to exist or comprise of. By viewing media technology and communication, Latour encourages us to consider not only our thoughts and activities but also how we interact or live within these actants and how they are pieced together to constitute that particular event.
The Biennale Exhibition can be seen to fit comfortably within Latour’s ideologies and views. Even the title of the exhibition “All our relations” encompasses the notion of how things are connected and relate to one another and the world we inhabit. The exhibition, as described by the curators, focuses on collaboration, conversation and how things co-exist. It is embedded in story telling and how this connects us to allow us to inhabit the space.
This notion is evident in the sculptural performance piece “Neon” by Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, where they are seen to foster collaboration and ultimately build a community through video performance. In this production, the two female artist are dressed simply and similar, performing repetitive actions and gestures which show their exploration of a physical and emotional connection with each other. “Neon” employs handmade patterned paper, shaped into sculptural forms. While there is the sculptural element, which is inline with traditional art forms, they have chosen to communicate their work as a video performance piece which addresses the interrelation between body, time and space. You can see how they have treated video as an extension of drawing and by doing so allowed greater deliverance with the movement, sound, motion and repetition.
I found the performance to be extremely mesmerising, especially with the combination of movement and colour which took me into an unknown space. The use of bold colours within the dark environment made the ladies movements standout and emphasis the interplay between their two bodies, the sculptural object and the landscape with which they were moving in. I also found my perspective challenged because of the repetitive movements and how they disappeared within the sculptural form.
The two artists existing within darkness, created a sense of intimacy with their closeness to each other and their spacial relationship between the object, their own bodies and the dark environment. The performance was apparently improvised, relying on silent exchange and mutual understanding between both artists which I found to be very relevant to the overall theme of the Biennale, fostering collaboration which ultimately builds community and promotes “togetherness”.