PRE #2.2 furthers the work that Curtis and Müller began in 2006 in Performance Research Experiment #1. In that critically and popularly acclaimed work, audience members self-reported on their own levels of engagement with a variety of virtuosic performance events, thereby determining the length of each section of the piece. While the team’s use of a simple self-reporting survey was admittedly rudimentary (and also quite openly performed with a large dose of irony), the central fact remains that involving a direct feedback from the audience had a dynamic, consequential impact in the shaping of each performance of the work. At heart, PRE #1 was a simple but scientifically sound experiment.
In PRE #2.2, Curtis and Müller further the dialog between scientific and artistic ways of knowing, intensifying their explorations in both modes, and forcing the collaboration/collision between them.