First exhibited at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in 2011.
Installation and 9-day performance: violet chiffon, 3 performers, 2 video projections, computer with live feed connected to projector, food, water, mattresses, meditation bell ringing every hour, conceptual collaboration process during the writing of the script “The Silent Retreat”.
The script was performed on the last day where the curtain is opened up and the read by the 3 performers in cacophony.
I was interested in inner dialogue, communication and how subtle relationships form in space and time. The curtain creates a soft and tactile panopticon, that equally protects and displays 3 performers for many hours for the audience. Interactions occured at times were a performer would for example hold hands with a visitor for extended periods of time in anonymous, but very moving exchanges. In general, many visitors treated the room as a place to sit for some time. Maybe to reflect, (not) be alone or something else. The silent communication and personal, but at the same time, collaborative writing of the script, revealed inner moods and changing waves of energy for the performers and each day they had a small inspiration note that would guide them through the day.
Photo: Timme Hovind