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Almanac 2016: SHOSHANAH’ CIECHANOWSKI (TEL AVIV, ISRAEL)

Almanac 2016: SHOSHANAH’ CIECHANOWSKI (TEL AVIV, ISRAEL)

MYNAMEIS
The performance MYNAMEIS, is an ongoing social project, searches to explore the possible connection between human-being beyond constructing identity, culture and language. An “abstract story”. The audience are invited to put a stamp on a developing work. I am standing beyond a glass, using the borders of my body as a tool and simultaneously write with two hands, a mirror text. The work engaged with quest for balance which concentrates on movement. The “viewer” is asked to say his first name, last name (as a sound language) and his own manifest, wish. A proper “happening” allowing the performing body to encounter and remold a “social matter” with its own unique potentials, turning the “viewer” into a participant that comes to feel his own body in its relations to others. Points of instruction on how to approach and what to say, a plane of inscription functioning as a crucial filter, and the performing body as a privileged center for a pre-distilled channel of contingent perceptions and a pre-refined procedure of hazardous actions. furthermore, these live enunciations are from multiple sources, accumulating on the inscription plane just as multiple gazes are accumulating in the performance space. The work aims to travel around countries and increase awareness of the human connections in–between individuals and cultures by the meditative action of continuous ambidextrous writing. The duration of the practice (one hour) puts an emphasis on the linking between an individual and the collective. Through time, the content of the text become an “abstract story”, the form remains.

Production History:
2014: #1 ‘Analog-Epilog’ Festival Musrara Mix #14, Jerusalem,Israel / solo show #2, The Mansion House, Tel Aviv, Israel. / solo show #3, Where Is Jesus, Berlin, Germany, / solo show #4, Villa Poggio Sanfelice, Firenze, Italy. 2015: #5 ‘NightLight’ Festival TLV, Israel / ‘Draw to Perform’, an international symposium, performance MYNAMEIS #6. London. UK.

Video:
https://vimeo.com/115522789

Artistic Statement:
Shoshanah’ Ciechanowski, 1973, Israel. BFA. Bezalel Academy of art and design, Jerusalem. A Tel Aviv based multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes; video, drawing and performance. For the last years, elaborated a workshop which identify and develop awareness of the relationship between an artist’s body and the fundamental building blocks of creation. My search is concerned with the body as a pivotal site for transmissions and transformations of presence, meaning and media. The body of work is consistently centered upon the workings of the body, using my own body as a kind of machine-center for various communications with other types of bodies. In the contemporary context of an overflow of information, I reestablish the body as a center, be it fleeting and always on the verge of collapse, in order to be able to select a certain point, follow a specific line, circumscribe a region from whence to begin something new. A point zero. This point can be a certain conceptual “point”, a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a tiny set of constraining rules for action. The ambidextrous writing technique, is a natural outgrowth of the consistent logic and desire running through the practice. Influenced by the local and global social and political conflicts, explores the intervals between the absolute and the relative and addresses transformation as an outcome of observation. The artworks reflect my relentless quest for balance which lies between criticism and language on the one hand and emotion and intuition on the other.

Connect:
http://www.shoshici.com

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Photo by: ALBI SERFATY

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 

 

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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