Artistic Break: Restroom
A virtual TV-show performance
Artistic Break is a virtual TV-show hosted by a couple of charismatic characters.
The show follows a call sheet produced to record stock material for a TV-show. The characters carefully follow these instructions about how to perform.
The event is produced by Gallery Extra and video documented by Gallery Extra TV. Artistic Break have previously been presented in Vaasa and Prague.
Concept and direction: Johan Lundin
Camera: Mojmír Mêchura
Artwork created at Petrohradská kolektiv z.s. – Center for Art and Culture
Johan Lundin is currently in residence at AiR Sandnes. The performativity and audience interactivity could be understood through relating to the notion dance as going in to a role, taking on a mission or a character. An approach is communicated of a setting to always be understood through the character enacting the space, living it, putting life and character in to it, dancing in it. Stating that by the act of dancing one can choose to enhance a setting, see the setting as something else, relate to the setting in alternative ways or make the setting disappear completely.
Gallery Extra is committed to introducing art, in all media, at temporary places. The exhibitions and artworks are mainly presented through live performance and online through video, VR or game platforms. The core in this way of working with art is mobility and communal power and the possibility to collaborate to create a stable but continuously changing production platform. Gallery Extra strives to create opportunities to interact with and reach a broad audience. Technology such as VR and AR and its narrative opportunities serve as an excellent way to meet audiences who do not usually have an interest in art, the technology has proved to create great curiosity for many different ages and audiences. Seeing art as a profound and competent media for social and political discourse, Gallery Extra aspires to serve as a platform for art that interacts with the surrounding society.