Lior Shvil “Protocols”

Art in General

poster for Lior Shvil “Protocols”

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Art in General presents PROTOCOLS, a New Commission by Lior Shvil in the 6th floor gallery. This performance is programmed in conjunction with Performa 15.

Shvil’s New Commission PROTOCOLS will include a large-scale installation inspired by military counter-insurgency (COIN) training courses, which will be activated by a series of improvisational theater workshops and live performances based on combat procedures throughout the run of show. Reflecting on the psychological effects of the built environment, Shvil’s installation echoes specialized facilities made to imitate the urban terrain of conflict areas. These sites become alternate realities, or stage sets, for the soldiers in them, playing insurgents and civilians in each “mission.” The biomechanics and squad positioning perfected in training exercises are of key interest to the artist, as they are inherently tied to architectural context, and part of his larger investigation in deconstructing relationships between site, history, narrative, and testimony.

Audience members will be invited to work directly with the artist in collaboration with actor and improvisational artist Hollis Witherspoon via an open call for non-professional actors. Participants will rehearse scripts, exercises, and protocols based on Army training manuals and Shvil’s own military experience. Stereotypes embedded in specific roles and choreographies will be investigated and challenged, with opportunities for new understanding to develop. These workshops and performances, rooted in social theater, will be free and open to members of the public as spectators or actors. Throughout this evolving exhibition, audience members will be offered a rare opportunity to both witness and take part in creating content and meaning.



from September 12, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Performances: Saturday, November 14, 4-6pm and Saturday, November 21, 4-6pm

Opening Reception on 2015-09-12 from 18:00 to 20:00


Lior Shvil

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