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Merav Svirsky‘Flock’, 2022–2023

The work was performed as part of the exhibition Imagine a Museum (or: The Remembering Body) at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

A performance piece that likens people’s movement to that of a flock of birds or a school of fish. Nine performers act as a flock, moving through the museum spaces by adhering to simple rules adapted from a computer simulation of the flocking process. In addition to movement rules derived from the behaviour of other members of the flock, the performers are also influenced by the presence of the museum audience, as well as the changing structure and architecture of its interiors.
The performance starts with a subtle movement initiated by the performers, who are embedded in the crowd and can barely be told apart from ordinary museum visitors. The movement becomes more pronounced as the group gathers, moving cohesively through the halls.

Flock explores the inter-relations between individual and group, addressing the fine line between the need for self-boundaries and the yearning to belong to a group, the ‘flock’ itself being only a single entity among the many habituating the museum.

Link to the performance’ abstract

Curator: Ruth Direktor
Associate curator: Galit Landau Epstein
Costume design: Mai Ayllon
Artistic consultation: Tal Yahas
Performers: Asaf Aharonson, Itamar Banai,Tamar Ben Cnaan, Shani Ben Haim, Uri Duvdevani, Moran Duvshani, Yuli Kovbasnian, Tamar Lerner, Dror Shoval.