Paradise Now @ University of Maryland Stamp Gallery
As an Israeli immigrant to the United States, my practice is heavily informed by my experiences navigating the system of violence inherent in the state I was raised in; a system that works to physically, psychologically and culturally divide and dehumanize people from one another by manipulating lived and cultural traumas. I do my best to activate artistic collaborative practice that is non-hierarchical, personally meaningful, open, critical and specifically reflexive to its context. The collaborative relationships and creative platforms I foster are a form of positive resistance to the oppressive structures that undergird our world, attempting to divide us from one another. I work to find and creatively cultivate moments of humanity within the otherwise inhumane systems and spaces that we occupy on the daily through the collaborative production of publications, critical discourse, living archives, happenings and other ethereal forms of social and participatory sculpture.
Paradise Now is a game of unequal circumstances and varying objectives that invites unlocked players to alter and redefine the game’s Score by participating in various rounds of the game. The Score is a series of directive actions that happen over each 60 minute round of the game. Unlocked players may alter the Score by navigating the space with their bodily movements, altering the various gaming mechanism at play, and by adding directive phrases to its structure. Although many players may be active in the game simultaneously, every player may choose to fill the role of player 1 or player 2 and respond accordingly to their set of directive actions in the Score throughout each round played. Each round of the game played throughout its occupation of Stamp Gallery in September & October of 2016 will be documented, archived and analyzed by our team, who will compose an accumulative Score.