Outdoor Arts Experts
We are experts in creating outdoor arts, time-served specialists in the form – we don’t just put art on the streets, we make art for the streets.
Public space can be a challenging environment in which to perform and every street, square and park is unique. That is why we make shows that are flexible, respond to the space they are in and engage with the audiences we find there.
And we are not put off by a few drops of rain!
We span a range of outdoor arts work including small and large-scale static shows; walkabout; parade animations; installations; site-specific work; audience research and consultation. Our work is accessible and thought-provoking with high production values and a surreal twist. We deliver over 300 performances of our various shows a year to audiences in excess of 100,000 with our experienced team of up to 20 performers, makers, designers, writers and directors.
Artizani offers doctoral level research into outdoor arts developed over 7 years of Masters and PhD study. We have developed an innovative methodology for studying outdoor arts based on Time-Lapse Rhythmanalysis. Rhythmanalysis is a methodology proposed by Henri Lefebvre which analyses social behaviours using a combined time/space lens to understand the complex ‘symphony’ of rhythms present in everyday life. These include bodily rhythms, cosmic rhythms (such as day/night) as well as socially constructed rhythms such as work, leisure and consumption. ‘If one observes a crowd attentively at peak times, and especially if one listens to its murmur, one will discern in the apparent disorder currents and order that reveal themselves through rhythms’ (Lefebvre, 2004: 95) The practical relevance of this work is to aid understanding of how audiences relate to outdoor arts events and how these events might be repurposing social-space and social-time. I use time-lapse videography as the main tool for documenting and identifying these complex rhythms combined with the multi-sensory observations of an embedded, expert researcher.