PHOTOGRAPHY-PERFORMANCE-AUDINECE HYBRID


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This project was initially designed for Athens Photo festival- a photographic festival under the umbrella theme of Reality Check and was part of a sub-theme Photography as Performance exhibit. It attempted to create some interesting hybrids between photography and performance by translating the one art through the other. I was working on a specific photograph exhibited in one of the rooms at the festival under the photography exhibit Emotionally Yours. The photograph is made by the Korean artist Hyun-Jin Kwak and captures two girls breaking a floor. My project was an attempt to pull out the still picture from the wall and convert it into real-time action, so as to create an interesting mix between photography-performance- audience. The title of my project was 'The Action of Breaking a Hole into a Wall to Get the Action of Breaking The Hole into a Wall'.

THE WALL FOR THE HOLE


The first stage of this project was inspired by that photograph, and by a group of young
Bulgarian and Serbian immigrants I met in Athens. I spent two weeks living their lives and going to their work and personal space. They worked in a construction
company and I wanted to show them how what they do for living can be brought
into the gallery and experienced as a work of art.  I saw that, many of the questions on their
minds are related to problems with work and subordination. Thus, I was motivated
to create a space of nonhierarchical order where everyone was equal and
can contribute with ideas on equal bases. This way, I could demonstrate to them that such spaces
exist. For that matter, I also  involved their superior in the process. The idea to build a wall
was associated with the expectation that I will perform the action of making the hole in the wall. They agreed that is important for me to make that hole and that they will help me do it. 

DURING THE PERFORMANCE I DISAPPEARED



During
the performance I outlined a hole with small holes and then I
disappeared. This was an attempt to invite the audience in the gallery and through
my absence to complete the work. The change in the concept of me making the hole to a public
performance was spontaneous (without planning to change it and without knowing how
the change will affect the surrounding). After fifteen minutes of waiting
unknown to me people from the audience took tools I had previously left, broke a hole
and took down the entire wall. This work is made by the people and was finished
by the people. This
second stage of the project was not to communicate the first stage but an
experiment to test the capacity of the spectators to think about completeness
of the work in terms of the absence of the promised hole, as well as, how far can
they cross the invisible boundary of artobject-audience within the gallery
space and modify it, interact with it, or even destruct it.  During this stage I also became an audience
but without watching. I was in the room next awaiting the result of something I
had initiated.


THE BROKEN PIECES IN THE OLD 'GAZY' FACTORY


2 days after the initial performance I projected a video on a wall behind, in the form of a hole, showing what had previously happened. The same night, I added a sentence on that second wall saying: ART-FOR-NO AUDIENCE IN WHICH THE AUDIENCE BECOMES THE CREATORS. 

The broken pieces of the wall stayed in the old factory for another 16 days. People were passing by the installation and continued hitting and breaking into smaller pieces, what was left of the wall and the hole . The pieces were getting smaller and smaller. Some people were screaming as they were hitting, others were smelling the pieces from the floor.




BACK TO THE BEGINNING 
MY INITIAL STATEMENT FOR THIS PROJECT 
ON A  WALL IN THE FACTORY ROOM 
REVEALED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND STAGE
FOR OTHERS TO SEE 



Hyun-Jin Kwak's Photo of the two girls breaking the floor