Meeting Brian Wash
The work examines the ways in which brainwashing techniques are employed in order to oppress resistance among people; how social or physical systems manipulate us into blind obedience. Meeting Brian Wash was commissioned by the Performance Art Arena in Jerusalem, lead by the artistic direction of Doron Tavori. On stage, five performers alternatively assume the roles of a manipulating group and a manipulated individual. The performers subject each other to various experiments according to each person’s own pressure point. A totalitarian-like figure (played by Tavori) is projected on screen and monitors their every move. Meeting Brian Wash was premiered at Tmuna Theater, Tel Aviv, 2008.
Credits & CollaboratorsChoreography & Direction Arkadi Zaides Associate artistic creation and lighting Itay Weiser Cast Sascha Engel , Shani Granot, Amit Hadari, Danny Neyman , Doron Tavori, Sharon Zuckerman Weiser Text Sharon Zuckerman Weiser Costumes Eran Shani Production Anat Cederbaum Co-produced by Hazira - Performance Art Arena (IL)→
Curated by Michiel Vandevelde. Participating artists Linah Dalifa, Pieterjan Ginckels, Hamza Halloubi, Ermias Kifleyesus, Jaha Koo, Mashid Mohadjerin, Radouan Mriziga, Ogutu Muraya, Amanda Piña, Aneta Rostkowska & Jakub Woynarowski, Myriam Van Imschoot, Arkadi Zaides, Oliver Zahn & Julian Warner
The Genshagen Foundation biennially organises the 'Academy Under Trees' as part of the international 'Dialogues en Humanité' network to discuss the changing social themes of the times from the perspectives of arts and culture.
For all our Flemish and Dutch speaking friends, the Belgian magazine Etcetera has released an article by theater scholar Esther Tuypens discussing the use of empathy in performing arts. The article analyzes mechanisms of emotional identification in Arkadi Zaides’ creation Archive as well as in Milo Rau’s Empire. It is available online→
What influence do images have on migration policies? How do dictatorial regimes produce their imagery? Is there an ethical way to document war zones? USAGES GÉOPOLITIQUES DES IMAGES is a new publication that sets to examine these issues through the works of various contemporary artists. The book compiles the writing of twelve contributors, among them is Frédéric Pouillaude, whose essay examines Zaides' practice over the past years.→