6th Floor Gallery
Art in General
is pleased to present PROTOCOLS
, a New Commission by Lior Shvil in the 6th floor gallery. Lior Shvil’s performances are presented as Art in General’s contribution to Performa 15
September 12, 2015 – November 21, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 6-8pm
Saturday, October 24, 4-6pm
Saturday, November 14, 4-6pm, [PERFORMA
Saturday, November 21, 4-5:30pm, [PERFORMA
Panel discussion and audience Q&A:
with Curator Kristen Chappa, Lior Shvil, and Hollis Witherspoon
Saturday, November 21, 5:30-6:30pm
Shvil’s New Commission PROTOCOLS
will include a large-scale installation inspired by military counter-insurgency (COIN
) training courses, which will be activated by a series of improvisational theater workshops and live performances based on combat procedures throughout the run of show. Reflecting on the psychological effects of the built environment, Shvil’s installation echoes specialized facilities made to imitate the urban terrain of conflict areas. These sites become alternate realities, or stage sets, for the soldiers in them, playing insurgents and civilians in each “mission.” The biomechanics and squad positioning perfected in training exercises are of key interest to the artist, as they are inherently tied to architectural context, and part of his larger investigation in deconstructing relationships between site, history, narrative, and testimony.
Audience members will be invited to work directly with the artist in collaboration with Improv Director/actor Hollis Witherspoon via an open call for non-professional performers. Participants will rehearse scripts, exercises, and protocols based on Army training manuals and Shvil’s own military experience. Stereotypes embedded in specific roles and choreographies will be investigated and challenged, with opportunities for new understanding to develop. These workshops and performances, rooted in social theater, will be free and open to members of the public as spectators or actors. Throughout this evolving exhibition, audience members will be offered a rare opportunity to both witness and take part in creating content and meaning.
was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives and works in New York. In 2010, he received his MFA
from Columbia University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and has completed a Post Graduate program in Art and Design from the Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem. Shvil has recently been included in exhibitions at the ICA
Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The RFC
Museum, Miami, FL; The Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY. Solo exhibitions of Shvil’s work have been held at High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA (2015); Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2014); CAGE
, New York, NY (2014); Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY (2011); and Recess, Brooklyn, NY (2010).
Lior Shvil discusses his solo show in New York and performances for Performa 15 ARTFORUM,
Naomi Lev, 11.05.2015 – Read Online
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Lior Shvil’s “Protocols”: reflections from the “Public Opinion” PERFORMA 15: WRITING LIVE,
Leah Werier, 12.03.2015 – Read Online
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Art in General Press Release: Download PDF
Art in General
was founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program
is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.
Additional support for Lior Shvil’s New Commission has been provided by the Artis Grant Program