Public Movement is a performative research group led by its Director, Dana Yahalomi. It was founded ten years ago with Omer Kreiger, and since 2011 many of its actions have been created in close collaboration with Alhena Katsof, in her role as the Director of Strategy and Protocol.
Public Movement investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It explores the political and aesthetic possibilities that reside in a group of people acting together. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. The group's activities are enacted by Members and Agents who travel as Delegates to stage actions in its name.
Image: Spring in Warsaw, 2009
2011 - present
In her role as a concept advisor and writer with Public Movement, Alhena collaborates in the research and development of large-scale projects. Alhena created the performances Debriefing Session I and II with Dana Yahalomi, Director of Public Movement. These scripts form the basis of the performative manual called, Solution 263: Double Agent, which Alhena co-authored with Yahalomi. Sternberg Press published the book in August 2015, as part of the Solutions Series edited by Ingo Niermann. Alhena has written and/or performed numerous lectures for Public Movement at venues including: Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2015); Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2015); SPIELART, Munich (2015); SITAC XI, Mexico City (2013); steirischer herbst, Graz (2012), IASPIS, Stockholm (2012), and Baltic Circle, Helsinki (2012). Alhena co-conceptualized Public Movement’s solo exhibition, a 45-minute durational performance called National Collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2015).
Image: Cross Section, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev © 2014. Photograph by Sergey Illin and Alexander Pilyugin
Public Movement members gather extensive research. Often large portions of material stay in the background as part of an internal research process, influencing our decisions but remaining undisclosed nonetheless. Sometimes, the material Pubic Movement gathers isn’t suited for large-scale, public action, ritual or ceremony.
The development of methodology for the transmission of this kind of material through scripted meetings has been the central focus of Alhena's work with Public Movement. The Debriefing Session performances are at the core of this work . Each Debriefing Session deals with the relationship between culture and national identity, and implicates the participant directly within the present political dilemma.
Image: Opening Ceremony for National Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2015. Photograph by: Kfir Bolotin