rotem volk

tel aviv

Rotem Volk is a per­for­mance artist, direc­tor, and the­ater-mak­er. She cre­ates inter­dis­ci­pli­nary the­ater projects, site-spe­cif­ic per­for­mances, and audio-walks in urban spaces. With the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the audi­ence, many of her works reflect polit­i­cal, cul­tur­al, and social issues and exam­ine the urban envi­ron­ment. Again and again, Rotem Volk tries to ques­tion the roles of per­former and audi­ence and, in Mari­na Abramovic’s words, to “invent sit­u­a­tions in which no one has yet been.”


“The theme of home and the nev­er-end­ing search for a sense of feel­ing at home have been major top­ics of inter­est and inves­ti­ga­tion in both my per­son­al and artis­tic life. The coro­na virus has def­i­nite­ly resur­faced these themes in new ways and cre­at­ed new points of view on this already charged subject.”


Dur­ing lock­down, Rotem Volk worked in Tel Aviv as a bike couri­er for the restau­rant deliv­ery ser­vice Wolt – a long-run­ning per­for­mance in which she used sound, text, video, and pho­tog­ra­phy to doc­u­ment cycling through the city and encoun­ter­ing peo­ple in their homes. The artist defines deliv­ery ser­vices as an invis­i­ble net­work that con­nects the city’s house­holds around the clock; Dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, some­times these ser­vices became the cos­tumers’ only con­tact with the out­side world. With her per­for­mance In 30–40 Min­utes, Rotem Volk ques­tions the roles of per­former and audi­ence. The bound­aries between artis­tic work and every­day real­i­ty are dis­solved and expose the food couri­ers’ often over­looked human side and per­son­al expe­ri­ences behind the scenes.

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