Public Movement will be celebrating their 5th anniversary at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Thursday, December 29, 2011 – and the public is invited! The research/performance group has initiated many public actions, connecting the cultural and political arenas, creating public ceremonies with humor and precision that invite the viewer to question the myriad political, philosophical and artistic issues and associations they raise.
Sounds intriguing? These intellectual artists will begin their birthday celebrations with a conference! Artists, theoreticians and politicians will discuss the work and ideas of Public Movement over the past five years, followed by two lectures: Dr. Dafna Ben Shaul of the Tel Aviv University Theatre Department and Stephen at Thije from the Van Abbe Museum in Holland.
If you have yet to see Public Movement in action, following the conference they will be staging a large-scale ceremony outside in the museum square: “Also Thus!” The action was first performed at the Acco Alternative Theatre Festival in 2007.
Celebrations will conclude with a dance party at 2 Har Sinai Street (behind the Beit Knesset Hagadol on Allenby, a block north of Ehad Ha’am) – you’re all invited!
More about Public Movement from their website http://publicmovementenglish.blogspot.com/ :
Public Movement is a performative research body that investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. The movement explores the political and aesthetic possibilities residing in a group of people acting together. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. Among Public Movement’s actions in the past and in the future: manifestations of presence, fictional acts of hatred, new folk dances, synchronized procedures of movement, spectacles, marches, inventing and reenacting moments in the life of individuals, communities, social institutions, peoples, states, and of humanity. Public Movement was founded in November 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, who led it together until August 2011. The movement is currently led by Yahalomi. Public Movement has taken responsibility for the following actions: Accident (2006), Ceremony (2007), The Israel Museum (2007), Also Thus! (Acco, 2007), Rally (Rabin Square, 2007), Operation Free Holon, Change of Guard (With Dani Karavan, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art), Public Movement House (MoBY, Bat-Yam Museum of Art), The 86th Anniversary of the assassination of president Gabriel Narutowicz by the painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski (National Gallery of Art Zacheta, Warsaw), Spring in Warsaw (2009), Performing Politics for Germany (2010), University Exercise (Heidelberg, 2010), Exercise in Citizenship (Tel-Aviv University, 2010) and The Reenactment of the Mount Herzl Terrorist Attack (Upcoming).