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.
Foto: Rotem Volk