“Hypokrites”, actor in ancient Greek, means the one who interprets; that is, the interpreter and the mediator rather than necessarily the one who enacts and performs. Nevertheless, the actor as enactor and performer always tries to access the inner depth of a certain character, to interpret and mediate it for the audience. In contemporary parlance, an actor is someone who participates in a game that has certain rules, and is always an agent of something or someone. Whether he is an independent actor or is playing a role, or is serving as the agent of some external entity, he represents a certain interest or a system of interests.
Some say that we live today in the performance society; our virtual performance in social media, our self-identification with our external appearance, and the great emphasis on the realm of appearances. At the same time, a waitress at a restaurant is also playing a role, the teacher in class, and even parents fulfill the roles of dad and mom. We all perform and actualize a certain agency in relation to the game in which we are placed. But when we perform, participate or enact, when we act, who plays a role in us? How many agents are present on the scene? How much logic, God’s will, how many desires, rational reasons, invisible hands, statistical data and unconscious longings operate in us simultaneously?
Objects, animals, potted plants and things also function as actors, as conveyors of meaning and triggers of processes, acting and being activated in line with certain rules of the game. Spaces as well carry an interest and a certain value system, as do worldviews and moral attitudes. Each object plays a role, each thing is an actor on behalf of a certain agency at a given moment.
The exhibition See Under: Actor presents a conceptual spectrum of the value “actor” and examines its derivations. It fans out the concept “actor” across several axes of reference, including objects and modes of display; modes of acting including mimicry; and modes of performance that deal with participation and becoming.
These axes intertwine with each other like ropes, which the viewer can hold on to and through them think about the concept “actor”.