Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy NY
Action for the Experimental Art Cycle, Rosario, Argentina, 1968
10 photographs and artist's statement
Courtesy of the artist
In 1968, as part of the Experimental Art Cycle in Rosario, Argentina, Graciela Carnevale invited individuals to an opening at an empty storefront gallery
space whose windows had been covered in posters. Once the audience was gathered inside, the artist locked the door, leaving them trapped for just over an hour
until a bystander outside broke the window, allowing them to escape. The piece was manifested through the viewers' emotional and physical response to their
imprisonment, a situation, Carnevale points out, in which they were "obliged, violently to participate." Upon exiting, the audience was given a statement that
drew a correlation between the experience they had undergone and other abusive acts perpetrated by the Argentine military government on a daily basis.
For Uncertain Spectator, this historic action will be represented by a series of documentary photographs, and the statement given to the audience after their escape.