Audience is an installation conceived by rAndom
International and executed in collaboration
with Chris O’Shea, and was commissioned
by choreographer Wayne McGregor
for the Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal
Opera House London in September 2008.
‘Audience’ consists of a large crowd of headsize
mirror objects. Each object moves its
head in a particular way to give it different
characteristics of human behaviour. Some
chat amongst themselves, some shy away
and others confidently move to grab your attention.
When members of the audience enter the
perimeter of the installation, the mirrors inquisitively
follow someone that they find interesting.
Having chosen their subject, they
all synchronise and turn their heads towards
them. Suddenly that person can see their reflection
in all of the mirrors.
They will watch this person until they become
disinterested, then either seek out another
subject or return to their private chatter. The
suddenly synchronised collective behaviour
of the objects is beyond the control of the
viewer, as it is left entirely to their discretion
to let go of their subject.
Audience was shown from September 12-14
at the Royal Opera House in London.