Theatre of Communication
Cristina Maldonado’s Blurred Genres
Beginning with the title: Cristina Maldonado describes Interruptor as “an interruption in the way that we perceive, and that we relate.” It’s an appropriate name for an installation–performance that plunges individuals into a disorienting virtual environment, upsetting their modes of perception and communication. Yet Interruptor also facilitates a visual conversation between two strangers, aiming to flip a “switch,” explained Maldonado in an interview. “In these 40 minutes … the way that you are with another person is totally different in the way you are in daily life.” The peculiar scenario she sets up precipitates not so much interruption, but rather inspiration and flow.