• WE FORGOT

    Video+Performance, 2015 || Two Channel HD, 60 min

    The video installation and live performance do not represent moments of forgetting as much as they depict processes of the re-construction of individual memory. In the first part, the spectators are invited by performers to explore everyday acts against the backdrop of a video projection. Like the film images themselves, they are dedicated to particular objects such as a broom, a candle, or a shovel. In the second, spatially separated part, the spectators see the slightly modified images showing the interactions of their successors at the same time. A sound track complements the visual narration with personal fragments of memory on war, displacement, and the Holocaust from the perspective of a storyteller. The spectator’s achievement of memory is challenged in two ways: the individual’s own capacity for memory in relationship to images and acts they have carried out themselves a short while previously, that is, the reconstruction of past from the present, is interrogated at the same time as the “overwriting” of memory with traces of the real or fictive stories of others. Furthermore, the work in various media reminds us that the constitution of memory not only relies on communication and the media, but is also shaped by it. > DOWNLOAD CATALOG
    Duration: 60 min in two parts | entering times every 30 min, groups of 20 people | Concept, Video and Editing: Sharon Paz | In collaboration with cultura: Danielle Ana Füglistaller, Jürgen Salzmann, Karl-Heinz Stenz | Performance: Danielle Ana Füglistaller, Jürgen Salzmann, Karl-Heinz Stenz | Music: Tobias Vethake | Special Thanks: Camilla Milena Fehér, Efrat Stempler, cultura, Theaterwerkstatt Hannover, Elke Cybulski, Sabine Trötschel, Matthias Alber, Studio 44 Berlin, Miriam Sandra Schneider, Petra Spielhagen, Paz Family | Co-production: FFT Düsseldorf and studiobühneköln | Funded by Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Kulturamt der Stadt Köln | The work was premiered on the 12.3.2015 at FFT Düsseldorf.
         
  • BEHIND THE WALL

    Video+Performance, 2015 || Two Channel HD, 11:00 Minutes

    Video and performance record experimentally the visualization of real and imaginary borders and segregation. A landscape panorama with various walls and fences shows actors trying to communicate and interact with one another, while others go about their business as if they did not exist. The film images are projected onto a series of tables lying on their side. Although they would be easy to overcome, the performers remain in the limited space behind the tables. Only occasionally are they tempted to intervene in the filmic events across the wall with minimal gestures. The tug-of-war of a group of people in the film marks a half-heartedly executed and quickly ended struggle to pull the other party onto one’s own side. Against all practical and political reason, exclusion and isolation are continued: the wall in our minds continues to exist.
    Video: Sharon Paz | Performance: Rabeah Morkus Roby, Jürgen Salzmann, Benjamin Jagendorf  | Video Performance: Matthias Alber, Elke Cybulski, Danielle Ana Füglistaller, Jürgen Salzmann, Sabine Trötschel | Sound: Firas Roby, Sharon Paz | The work was made in collaboration with Theaterwerkstatt Hannover, Germany
  • SHADED WINDOWS

    Video+Performance, 2012 ||  Two Channel HD, 17:45 min

    The thematic layer of the video installation and site-specific performance tells of initially peaceful everyday scenes in the private sphere of a residential building, where devastating acts of violent conflict are announced and then take place. The real space of performance undergoes a similar change. As a site of protection and intimacy, it undergoes a violent transformation in destroyed habitats and living space. Its residents experience the exclusion from their own home and its final loss. In that the shadows of the performers overlap with the schematic figures of videos, the events are multiplied and distorted at the same time. The glass pavilion can be entered as a site of performance and provides the best possible transparency and changing perspectives both inside and outside. The events in the video in contrast, the outlooks and views inside the various spaces, are fragmented by blinds, walls, and other barriers. In particular the motif of the blind as protecting from view runs as a film-analytic commentary through the entire video. Like the opening and closing of a photographic aperture, it lends certain events clear visibility and focus, while it moves others out of focus and only allows them to be seen in part. Metaphorically speaking, the work refers to the tension between the refusal and the expansion of the gaze.
    Visual: Sharon Paz | Music : Tobias Vethake | In collaboration performance with: Camilla Milena Fehér, Jürgen Salzmann, Karl-Heinz Stenz | Press: Kerstin Karge | Special Thanks: Danielle Ana Füglistaller, Dörte Ilsabé Dennemann, Paula Hudson, Angelika Richter, Lindy Annis, Dalia Paz, Amnon Liberman, Adi Liraz, Petra Spielhagen, Medienwerkstatt Berlin, BLUEBOX GREENSCREEN STUDIO, DOCK11/ EDEN *****, EIDOTECH, Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V.| The work was made with the generous support of the Senate of Cultural Affairs, Berlin.
  • THE KING IS BLIND

    Video+Performance, 2011 || Single Channel HD, 9:35 Minutes

    Using the historical figure of the king as the sovereign of the state, the work explores the dynamics of the abuse of power, subjection, and violence. The combination of video projection and performance, human silhouettes in two-dimensional, animated surroundings, and the shadows of the live performers before and behind the screen results in a collage of a number of historical and current events and sites. Military conflicts and other traumatic events are evoked that are linked to one another by the appearance of the monarchic despot and his subjects. The final scene shows the blind king on a representative memorial column, removed from real events by self-aggrandizement, and finally the replacement of the vacant space with a new ruler.
    Visual: Sharon Paz | Music : Tobias Vethake | In collaboration with: Danielle Ana Füglistaller, Jürgen Salzmann, Karl-Heinz Stenz and Ylva Jangsell | Video Performance: Danielle Ana Füglistaller, Gabriel Guler, Jürgen Salzmann, Karl-Heinz Stenz, Benjamin Jegendorf, Ylva Jangsell | Special Thanks: cultura e.V., Karin Böttger, Efrat Stempler, THEATERDOCK, Berlin, Bikorey Haitim, Keshev Or, Dalia Paz, Amnon Liberman.
  • HOW LONG

    Video+Performance, 2005 || Two Channel Video Installation, 4 Performers / Stage 16 X 10 M, Length: Varied (about 60 min)

    The work investigates the various divisions created by walls. Clothing, rooms, homes, yards, cities, states, are all layers of separation, borders - whether physical or psychological - that divide in from out. How long combines video and performance to explore the duality of walls both as shields and confinement spaces. The performance space is divided into two parts, by a 3 meter high construction covered with video screens. The viewer is placed on one side, “missing” something, hearing … but not seeing, the other space. The structure of the piece is based on separation; two parallel realities exist in the same time. Through the duration of the work, the performers are traveling between the spaces in relation to images and sound, performing different actions on each side. HOW LONG simulates those borders but instead of static solid block walls it present a dynamic wall that close or opens, blocks or expose, layered with movement.
    Concept, Direction, Video & Stage: Sharon Paz | Music: Ingo Günther | Choreography: Nicola Mascia, Matan Zamir Performance: Nicola Mascia, Jürgen Salzmann, Yael Schnell, Matan Zamir | Video Performance: Nicola Mascia, Andreas Müller, Martin Nachbar, Jürgen Salzmann, Yael Schnell, Matan Zamir, Sigal Zouk-Harder, Noa Zuk | Artistic Advisor & Video Projection: Jürgen Salzmann|  Light Design: Andreas Harder | Stage Building And Technical Direction: Nir Moses | Supponserd By: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin | Supported By The Israeli Embassy Berlin & Dock11, Berlin.