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A Bell, an Audience and 8 minutes of Silence

2016 | Performance | @ Beam

Documentation of a performance that celebrates the power of silence. What happens if the performer demands all attention of the audience but, in return, stays silence? How long can an audience endure this silence? knowing that no one is safe from the reminder in the form of a ringing bell.

This work was inspired by a passage in Salvador Dali’s book in which he described a similar social experiment in a crowded shopping street. In this passage, he ended up walking through the street and constantly ringing the bell because the “audience” didn’t pay enough attention to his presence.