I transform abstract concepts into visceral experiences and convert passive media into collective creative action. In recent performances participants sing the Big Bang, dream my dreams, or spontaneously generate the soundtrack to a film. An essential mode of my artistic practice and production is collaboration and participation. I set up a call-and-response with acquaintances across town and strangers across the world; I have collaborated with other artists, a teenager in Mexico City, a choir, an astrophysicist and finally with my audience. My open-ended way of working challenges the role hierarchical processes play in contemporary art, and shifts the focus to the importance of collective creativity in our time.
Score for Two Dinosaurs (instruments)
2013, Ander Mikalson, Found objects and plastic coated hardware, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Score for Two Dinosaurs performance still
, Ander Mikalson, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY, January 19, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.