The presence of a KMA installation creates a distinct aesthetic impact on the environment in which the work is experienced, drawing audiences to it – quite often by chance – as people go about their daily lives.
By arresting time and space within the public arena and blurring the distinction between performer and audience, KMA’s work is opening up new environments in which art and audiences meet, equally on each other’s terms.
Artists like Duchamp were so prescient here – the idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience comes to it and adds their own interpretation, and what the piece of art is about is the grey space in the middle. That grey space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be all about.
KMA is a collaboration between UK artists Tom Wexler and Kit Monkman. The pair have been creating work together since they met in York in 1998, and continue to pursue their shared interests in light, technology, narrative, ritual and the active role of the audience.
Most of their pieces are a hybrid of generative and narrative performance created using projected light and sound. They are normally set out of doors, in large urban spaces, without prepared actors or formal participants.