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Led by artist and CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo Office Manager Guy Bernard Reichmann, alongside artist and Content Manager Mona Benyamin, “out-of-office” is a series of events to be presented in the Marc Schimmel Multipurpose Gallery. Focused on time-based practices such as video, dance, and performance, and in line with the multidisciplinary mission of the Center, “o-o-o” was conceived as a way to nurture the domestic scene.

The Decision Plan (action number 13) by Meir Tati is a performance for virtual characters and human actors featuring a hybrid of two parallel narratives. The first narrative is centered around the “Decision Plan,” a document published in 2017 by then-MK and current Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich, outlining his plan for the resolution of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians: a vision where one side will forsake its national aspirations (Palestine), and the other will have control over the entire territory under one state (Israel). The second narrative echoes the story of the Binding of Isaac through various theatrical actions performed live by performers.

The document itself will be read by virtual characters taken from stock footage mainly employed in commercial presentations and lessons, which utilize AI technology to process the text and perform it. The subtle facial expressions and monotonous tone of these characters make the presentation alienating and devoid of any personal touch, thus emphasizing the absence of any regard for the human aspect in the conflict.

The performers were invited to react to the generic characters and the text displayed on the screen, and to reintroduce the human and personal element into the political space of the performance. Human presence comes to demand the restoration of power and authority – as well as responsibility for us and the world – from the machines that seemingly solve everything for us.

In an era where AI-based writing technology is advancing and accelerating, the question arises about the author’s place within the space: is he still is a figure of authority or yet another detail in a database? What happens in between the loss of humanity and the personification of technologies?

The Decision Plan (action number 13) is performed by Maayan Danoch, Shahar Marcus and Kim Teitelbaum and was created as part of the Backlash program by Mifal HaPais and with the support of the Yehoshua Rabinovitch Foundation for the Arts, Tel Aviv.

Duration: 50min

Admission: 70₪

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Meir Tati

The Decision Plan (action number 13), 2024

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Performance | out-of-office: Meir Tati

March 28, 2024



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