Einat Amir's performance Enough About You is inspired by new possibilities of virtual socializing, alternative relationships platforms and instant intimacies offered by contemporary social media. In a world in which we can read stranger's diaries and view their most private family albums, in a world in which we can formulate intimate opinions on people before we actually meet them, in a world in which we are exposed to the deepest emotional havocs of ordinary people in reality TV shows, Amir's performance offers a lab-like situation in the midst of a busy art fair, where one can observe "authentic" moments of emotional encounters between two complete strangers, controlled and guided by a set of pre-recorded directions.
The installation consists of three sound proof white units with a glass front. For each performance only twelve people will be invited to enter the room at each time. A host will select half of the viewers and ask them to enter the units, two in each, facing each other. The pairs will be visible from outside the units to the remaining spectators. A set of directions will then be played inside the units and will not be heard by the spectators in the room.
In recent years Amir's work has revolved around the creation of artistic environments that are dedicated to the study of human behavior and culture. Enough About You reveals the ways in which we encounter and relate to other people in the most constructed and manipulated circumstances, while the boundaries between performance and authenticity are completely blurred.
The project was first realised in 2011 at Lilith Performance Studio, in Malmo, Sweden. Lilith Performance Studio, an independent cultural organisation focusing on visual art performance, is now collaborating with TRIAD and SCOPE Foundation, offering the international audience an opportunity to experienceEnough About You at SCOPE Miami Beach. The presentation of this work at Scope is supported in part by the Consulate General of Israel.
Einat Amir (born in Jerusalem, 1979) is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University, New York. She currently lives in Tel Aviv and works in the media of performance and video. Her work has been shown at numerous venues including MoMA PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and The Kitchen, New York and currently in Performa 13, New York.
Join us for the performance of Einat Amir: Enough About You
A premiere presented by TRIAD, Lilith Performance Studio, and SCOPE Foundation:
3 December opening for VIP and Press, 1–9pm
4–8 December, 11am–8pm
Scope Miami Beach
1000 Ocean Drive
Closed session performances:
Each interactive, closed session performance is 15 minutes.