Re: [-empyre-] AFFECT

Dear Millie and James,

Thanks so much for writing about your projects.

I've been thinking a lot about the psychological/emotional affect of this kind of work on the viewer. For example in my "Panic" project the viewers were able to record personal "stories" or responses prompted by their experiences within the context on the project space. So the viewer had a physical experience that prompted a psychological one...thought, feeling, memory that was then recorded.

Millie explains that " I attempt cultural transgression. I experiment with the capacity of immaterial, non-visual elements (e.g. sound, scent), of unexpected sites, and of social interaction, for disrupting traditional definitions of art " and James explains that his collaborative work "infers a displacement and a shifting of the dialectical terms and the viewer."

Could both Millie and James talk more about the psychological/emotional reaction of their viewers--in both the context of public space--the street and the traditional art viewing space? What are the effects of this displacement/disruption/shift?


-- Renate Ferro Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Cornell University Department of Art, Tjaden Hall <>

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