When did you last have an intimate conversation with a complete stranger?
TRIAD’s is launching in London with the UK premiere of Enough About You, a participatory performance by artist Einat Amir, .
The installation consists of three sound proof white booths with a glass front placed in the gallery. A maximum of 15 people are invited to enter the room each time. The host randomly selects six viewers and asks them to enter the booths, two in each, facing each other. The pairs are visible from the outside through the booths glass front to the remaining spectators. A pre-recoded conversational structure is played inside the booths not heard by the spectators in the room. The performance creates a kind of emotional test lab that builds a bond between the pairs and reveals how individuals relate to one another.
The spectators who are not chosen to go into the booths stand against the entrance wall, observing the pairs. Every movement, facial expression, and emotional shift of the room is completely exposed, but not a single word or sound can be grasped from the outside. The piece takes into account different levels of cooperation from its participants, the arising social dilemmas become interesting to watch from the outside, evoking simultaneous emotions from the viewers.
Enough About You explores relationships in their most organic state, revealing how individuals relate to one another when confronted with a constructed reality, as strangers become intimate and viewers become voyeurs. It is inspired by the impact of virtual socialising and the instant intimacies offered in modern times. Amir blurs the boundaries between performance and authenticity constructing lab-like circumstances in an attempt to test the limits and relations between two strangers in an intimate situation.
The work is a product of Amir’s interest in human behaviour and the universal experience of building social relationships. Her work allows participants to test their own limitations, confronting them with decisions to make about how much or little they reveal about themselves.
In a world when we have the ability to prejudge a stranger long before we make contact, Amir looks to create ‘authentic’ and universal encounters in an immersive environment dedicated to the analysis of human behaviour.
Enough About You was first produced in 2011 at Lilith Performance Studio in Malmö, Sweden. This performance signals the beginning of ongoing collaboration between TRIAD, Lilith Performance Studio and MAXXI Museum, which will see the performance move from London to the MAXXI Museum in Rome, in February 2016.