Shapeshifters are outsiders, aliens in their host city.
and Sumugan Sivanesan act as the principal
instigators, but the work that unfolds is as much or more about how
their interferences are taken up and developed by the people, the structure
an the dynamics of the city.
The unfamiliarity the instigators bring to the site will be used as
a tool with which they will examine the illusions that permit, direct
or hamper the functions of the city. Some of these will be interrupted,
others will be tested and detoured.
They engage in a variety of activities and artistic practices, in order
to discover the nature of themselves and the situation that they find
themselves in. This series of social experiments will include SMS text
exchanges, staged public interruptions, projections and print campaigns,
amongst other strategies. During this process they will engage with
the city's inhabitants and its machinations in order to probe, provoke
and subtly transform, where that seems appropriate.
In this process we refer to and cross-reference myriad sources from
contemporary art, popular culture, local history, advertising and current
affairs. The aesthetic will vary according to the situation, as it is
our intention to create sublime interruptions that can be absorbed and
gradually propagate within the general perception of the host city.
Conceptually we are interested in providing alternate readings of our
culture and environment. We are particularly interested in ideas that
can exist outside of gallery or institutional conditions, that somehow
augment, subvert or make us question the rituals of daily life.