Ross Coulter’s Audience

17 Mar — 16 Jul 2017 at National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia

Ross Coulter’s Audience. Courtesy of NGV
Ross Coulter’s Audience. Courtesy of NGV
13 DEC 2016

Ross Coulter’s Audience is a photographic series that documents audience members who were photographed in more than seventy Melbourne galleries and museums between 2013 and 2016.

Coulter invited members of the local art community to attend a photo-shoot and they were instructed to imagine viewing a performance art event.

Drawing on the visual language of 1970s performance art documentation, the work constructs a photographic archive of audiences. As an installation, comprised of more than 400 photographs, the work is a form of performance for the camera, whilst also recording the appearance, dress and body language of various social groups at a particular moment in time.