«Now! do you find me exotic», is an attempt to address the challenging psychological aspects of the word exotic.
The performance consists of two masked characters:
«The Shoe shiner» and «a character who oscillates between being the sole survivor after a disaster and a pioneer in a new world order». One of them is extrovert, confronting people with a personal choice of labor and services, the other introvert and scary, building small smoke-grenades out of everyday objects.
What is the meaning of exotic: Is it something of foreign origin or character? Not native? Introduced from abroad but not fully naturalized or acclimatized? Or is it a character or object strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance? Is it exotic if it doesn't fit context? Can we only be safe in what we perceive by calling what we cannot adapt to – exotic? Do we find «exotic» in the same realm as «fear» and «misunderstanding»?
«In my artistic work, I have a special interest in hyperrealism and everyday objects, performative mechanisms and interaction with the viewer. The work is expressed in aesthetic meetings and time-based experiences. The content of my production is about a negotiation and exchange between views and work and how it reacts in the given context. My works ask questions about who we are, where we are and who arranges the information that surrounds us.»
The work of time-based media has focused on the viewerʼs position and the space the work is part of, whether it’ll be the art room or the Internet. The way to influence the user in Kristoffer Akselbo’s web projects inspired scripted performance works where the performer in an exhibition room can respond to the viewer’s behaviour. The works’ scripts are open and change with their surroundings in the situation. It is a construction of these situations, a temporary unfolding, creating the place and the narrative. The form of adaptive interaction can seem intimidating on the viewer but also create a tension in the meeting between work, viewer and place.
For more about Kristoffer Akselbo see: Performance 4 Evenings