E.L. Schuberg Barnes’s art practice uses found objects, video, performance and installation to engage with perceptions and relationships. Interrogating the assumptions of space, power and claims to these, drive investigations. Increasingly central to this practice is the desire to activate audiences in multi-sensory ways to interact with the work and together perform collaborative interventions. This tends to produce surprising outcomes: how and what relationships and knowledges are generated in a social context during these participatory spaces is interesting to observe. Tangible and intangible relational dynamics continually shift and are ‘produced’ or could be considered a ‘product’ of the work.
“Develop action, thought, and desires by proliferation, juxtaposition, and disjunction, and not by subdivision and pyramidal hierarchisation. Withdraw allegiance from the old categories of the Negative (law limit, castration, lack, lacuna), which Western thought has so long held sacred as a form of power and an access to reality. Prefer what is positive and multiple: difference over uniformity, flows over unities, mobile arrangements over systems. Believe that what is productive is not sedentary but nomadic” (Foucault, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism & Schizophrenia, pp. xi-xiv; xiii-xiv).