Moe Beitiks’s class, Introduction to Performance, visited the galleries on Thursday, October 15, and had a discussion about the nonanthroponormative as found in Outside Design. Beitiks asked her class to identify processes occurring within the exhibition, and consider what was happening without humans acting as initiators.
Students then created a series of thoughtful, responsive performances inspired by the various installations. One group enacted the dripping honey in Analog Media Lab’s Honey Window, while another embodied the relationships present in Sweet Water Foundation’s aquaponic biofeedback loop. It was fascinating to view the exhibition through these actions of the body. As Outside Design proposes a nonhuman centered approach to architecture and design practices, these performances allowed for greater insight and connection with the objects and processes on view.