We are a social species yet technology and urban development are driving us apart and leaving us feeling lonely and disconnected. Amid this trajectory of weakened human connection can artist-driven actions disrupt the everyday and help us reconnect with each other within the physical world?
More than forty years ago, French philosopher Felix Guattari said, “microscopic attempts of the community…play an absolutely crucial role,” this thinking is the impetus behind my projects which are often modest and set within my local community. My recent experiments in relational art explore methods and tools for social engagement and meaningful connection. I work with small numbers of the public and create spaces for chance or planned encounters where conversation and connection can occur. I often employ low-tech tools, materials, and techniques that are accessible and familiar but I am most preoccupied with the immaterial aspect of my projects—the creation of feelings, desires, and memories.
(Relational art: In Relational Aesthetics (2002), curator and art critic Nicolas Bourriaud defines this as “a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than independent and private space.”)
Laura Bucci is an interdisciplinary artist working with interventions and printed matter. She studied fine arts, majoring in Photography, in 1992 at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. After a 10-year hiatus, Laura started practising again but within the crafts domain utilizing fibre and textiles. From 2014 to 2016 she enrolled at Emily Carr University to re-connect and experiment with her art practice. Her work attempts to disrupt the everyday and to make connections with the public through planned and chance encounters. She has exhibited at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Exposure Gallery and Britannia Art Gallery in Vancouver, and most recently at Parking Spot Projects, a temporary Vancouver artist-run space. She recently moved from Vancouver to Cape Breton and is establishing her relational art practice in her new community.