Einat Amir


EINAT AMIR
ENOUGH ABOUT YOU


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    EINAT AMIR
    ENOUGH ABOUT YOU

    17-19 February 2011
    Duration: 13 min
    Guards /Participants: Ida Mårhed, Pether Lindgren
    The performance was shown several times a night for 20 people at the time.

    ” – When did you last have an intimate conversation with a complete stranger?”

    The new performance Enough About You is created as a sensuous venue and an observatory for physical encounters, which is controlled by a predetermined template. In the work Amir is exploring the meeting as a real action and as an image, from a traditional starting point of two people, face to face.

    Five white boxes are placed in a white clinical room. Twenty people at a time are directed into the bright room and are requested to line up next to each other. Two guides dressed in black are thoroughly choosing two people at a time and leading them into the small and narrow rooms. Fully exposed through a glass wall they are waiting for instructions from a synchronized loudspeaker system:

    – Welcome strangers, you are being watched but no one can hear you.
    – You are about to be asked a series of questions. Please share your answers with each other. You will have a limited amount of time to answer each question.

    The spectators who were not chosen to go into the boxes are standing against the entrance wall, observing the couples that were inserted into the boxes: With a tentative body language they start to converse politely to each other. Every movement, facial expression, and emotional shift of the room inhabitants is completely exposed, but not a single word or sound can be grasped from the outside. At times the dialogues break and the body movements are changing simultaneously. The couples inside the boxes are crossing their arms over their chests, dancing and taking each other’s hands, caressing each other’s cheek. The nature of the questions is gradually changing from standard questions to deeper and more personal. The pairs seem to come closer to one another. They laugh, talk confidentially and listen concentrated to each other. When 13 minutes had past they are led out of boxes and guided out through a side door of the space.

    Einat Amir’s (born in Jerusalem, 1979 lives in New York and Tel Aviv) work is infused by a great interest in contemporary social – political issues. Amir efficiently sets the reality against the fiction and allows the viewer to take the responsibility of setting their own limits, by creating choices for them to be confronted with.

    Link to the artist website: http://einatamir.com/

    Enough About You was shown at MAXXI performance festival in Rome, 15 -16 October 2016 as the last step on an ongoing collaboration between Lilith Performance Studio, TRIAD: Toward Regional Integration of Artistic Development and MAXXI Museum in Rome.
    fondazionemaxxi.it/en/events/enough-about-you-di-einat-amir/  And in 2015  Enough About You had its UK premiere in London on 9th of October launched by TRIAD: Toward Regional Integration of Artistic Development. http://www.thetriad.org.uk/  The performance has also been shown at ACTS – the annual international performance event at the Contemporary art Museum in Roskilde, Roskilde festival in 2012

     
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    EINAT AMIR
    ENOUGH ABOUT YOU

    17-19 February 2011
    Längd: 13 min
    Medverkande vakter: Ida Mårhed, Pether Lindgren

    När hade du senast har en intim konversation med en fullständig främling? “

    Performancen Enough About You är uppbyggd som en sinnlig spelplan och ett observatorium för fysisk blinddate, som styrs efter en förutbestämd mall. I verket undersöker Einat Amir mötet som reell handling och som bild, utifrån en i grunden traditionell metod, två personer ansikte mot ansikte. Fem vita boxar står utplacerade i ett kliniskt vitt rum. Tjugo personer lotsas in i rummet och ombeds ställa sig i en rad bredvid varandra. Två svartklädda värdar väljer omsorgsfullt ut två och två att stiga in i de små rummen. Fullt synliga genom en glasvägg väntar de på instruktioner från ett synkroniserat högtalarsystem:

    – Welcome strangers, you are beeing watch but no one can hear you.
    – You are about to be asked a series of questions. Please share your answers with each other. You have a limited amount of time to answer each question.

    De tio som blir kvar betraktar paren som med trevande kroppsspråk artigt börjar konversera med varandra. Varje rörelse, minspel och känslomässigskiftning i de fem parens konversation är fullt synlig, men inte ett ord kan uppfattas utifrån. Ibland bryts samtalen och kroppsspråken förändras simultant, de lägger armarna i kors över bröstet, börjar dansa, håller varandras händer, smeker varandras kind. Frågorna ändrar allt efterhand karaktär från standarfrågor till djupare och mer personliga. Personerna tycks komma varandra närmare, de skrattar, pratar förtroligt och lyssnar fokuserat på varandra. Efter 13 minuter släpps de ut och förs genom en sidodörr ut från studion.

    Einat Amirs (född i Jerusalem 1979, bor i New York och Tel Aviv) arbeten genomsyras av ett stort intresse för samtida sociala och politiska frågeställningar. På ett effektivt sätt ställer hon verkligheten mot fiktionen och låter betraktaren ta en stor del av ansvaret för var gränsen går, genom att skapa valsituationer som denne konfronteras med.

     

    Länk till Amirs hemsida: einatamir.com

     

    15 – 16 oktober,  2016 visades Lilith Performance Studios produktion  Enough About You  (2011) ett deltagande performance av  Einat Amir (ISR) på  MAXXI Museum i Rom.
    fondazionemaxxi.it/en/events/enough-about-you-di-einat-amir/

    “Enough About You” hade brittisk premiär i London den 9 oktober, 2015  presenterad av TRIAD: Toward Regional Integration of Artistic Development.
    Performancen  på MAXXI MUSEUM var slutpunkten ett långvarigt samarbete mellan Lilith Performance Studio, TRIAD: Toward Regional Integration of Artistic Development och MAXXI Museum i Rom.
    http://thetriad.org.uk/exhibition/enid-amir-enough-about-you-at-the-triad-gallery/

    Performancen har även visats på ACTS – det årliga performanceeventet på Museumet för Samtidskunst i Roskilde och under Roskildefestivalen 2012.

     

 

 

 



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