Perhaps, like me, you are a person who has heard about people who go to art galleries and get to become part of the work on show...anything with Marina Abramović immediately comes to my mind. Abramowić's performance art is challenging because the interaction is directly between the artist and the viewer. At MoMA's 'Bruce Nauman - Disappearing Acts' there is a different interaction which I was fortunate to have as my first participatory art gallery event. When I was 1, going on 2, Nauman created an installation in Germany called Kassel Corridor: Elliptical Space. 46 years later I got to walk inside it in NYC.
The basic experience has a page of rules to follow, mostly regarding the access to the corridor. One person per hour is given a key to unlock and open a door that is in the middle of a curved narrow corridor-esque space. The key holder is agreeing to not share the key with anyone else, not to take anyone else inside with them. Closing the door behind you significantly closes off your visual experience which is vital in an art gallery. You can see slivers of light around the curving sage painted corridor walls, but you have to move to either end of the corridor to see anything beyond, and the openings at each end are so narrow that you are seriously limited to what you can see. So - you must rely on the people in the gallery to be your connection to the outside world.
When I signed up, I expected to use my hour as a personal and calming meditation taking the art as if it was my own for the entire hour. What I discovered after two minutes of sitting was that the rule to not share the art was so restrictive I felt compelled to bend it, like the corridor itself bends. Although I had agreed to not let anyone into this space with me, I could invite them to talk with me and we could discuss what it was like. In a very basic summary, the work inspired me to reach out and talk with strangers which is the opposite of what an introvert like me would normally do. Photographing the interior space is unhelpful. You might see the closeness of the walls, but it is different to feel the walls enclose you as you walk to the open ends. The best I can do is share a stack of images I call NauMoMA that gathers the experience of the walk toward and into the Kassel Corridor - and I sent copies to the NYC based curator and the artist as a way of saying thank you.