Critical Boundary

Metro Arts, 29/2/12 – 17/3/12

Critical Boundary by Transparency Collective was an art laboratory, experimenting with manifestations of the fight or flight instinct, through installations, discussions, public interventions, and performances (live and video work) examining the various ways that human beings collide, avoid, and attack each other.

Rather than a static showing of finished works, a series of open events formed the backbone of the project, allowing for an organic change as pieces and performances grew, merged, divided into something new, or naturally dissipated through encounters with the public.

Critical Boundary began with a series of works departing from initial and ongoing group research into proxemics, a field of study formalised by anthropologist Edward T. Hall in 1966, concerning proximities of human interaction. His work extended from that of zoologist Heini Hediger, and one of its key propositions was that, through exponential population growth and changes in humanity’s relationship to our environment, critical boundary – the distance at which the animal will instinctively initiate attack – no longer exists for us.

From YouTube documentation of adolescent bonding rites, to bad behaviour on public transport, to the shocking violence of a car crash; Critical Boundary was a far-reaching examination into the various ways that human beings collide, avoid, and satellite each other.

Curatorial essay by Kieran Swann.