Society Judges

Artist: Camille Stopps and Tanya Czerlau
Year: 2010
Medium: Dance
Artist Statement: Interpretations of madness vary. What is madness? Who is mad, or crazy, or insane? Who decides this? Society. Society judges: we label the ‘mad’, and as an outcome we define the boundaries of what is the ‘norm’ and what is ‘crazy’. For this project, we deliberately chose a high traffic location so that we could observe reactions. During our filming process we discovered that people did not notice what was going on, or perhaps did not care. This lead us to the title Society Judges. We feel that as a society, we are so fast to judge, and so slow to react and help any issue. This is especially prominent in the labelling of the ‘mad’