Interactive installation art and audience-immersive exhibits and entertainment have been around for quite a while, but as our culture and its propensity for extremes continues to evolve, these artworks and performances have followed suit. Viewers really want to be part of the show, and the constant shift in power between artist and spectator-turned-participant is an exciting and unpredictable draw for people.
We spotted a current installation at the National Art Museum of Ukraine on Gawker recently, and felt inspired to round up a few other interactive and immersive works that required a steep commitment from audiences. They range from the radical to the absolutely bizarre. We feature them all after the jump — from a real-life sleeping beauty, to an artist that asked people to shoot him. Feel free to drop your favorite interactive performance/installation craziness in the comments section.
Taras Polataiko’s Sleeping Beauty
It sounds like something out of a John Collier novel, but Canadian-Ukrainian artist Taras Polataiko has created a real-life Sleeping Beauty for his current exhibit at the National Art Museum of Ukraine. The installation features a woman nestled in a bed in a gallery. She is bound by a contract to marry the museum visitor that can open her eyes with a kiss. “If it’s my true love, I will feel it on an intuitive level. Secondly, if I don’t feel it, I won’t open my eyes. Anything can happen in life. And suddenly it’s fate. What if it’s the only way I’ll meet my soul mate?” one of the women told press. The Prince Charmings must be at least 18 years old and also sign a contract. It doesn’t sound that crazy, considering America’s penchant for reality shows like Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, until you see the guys awkwardly lining up to make out. Then it gets put-the-lotion-in-the-basket levels of creepy. One of them told interviewers, “I wanted to sense her essence. I didn’t even want to see her. I wanted to feel that girl. I wanted to feel her with my heart, but I didn’t feel anything.” The Beauty has until September 9 to hopefully not make a mistake she’ll regret for a lifetime, or get oral herpes. There is a live feed of the installation over here.