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Family

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Family, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven).  730 days performance. 2015-2017

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Family is a performance focused on the subject of generation. The artist involves a family from Eindhoven composed by 4 individuals – child, father and mother and grandmother. Each member of the family is invited to occupy one floor of the Van Abbemuseum, where the collection is displayed, from the ground floor to the third floor. The performers have singing capacities and they will sing different titles of selected works displayed, wondering around the spaces, as they were visitors. Occasionally they will sing together generating a collective chant.
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Taking place at regular moments during two years every season change, the work places the performers’ bodies in a dimension outside time, which nonetheless contains the heroic principle par excellence: the firm resistance to time going by, now consciously poses itself against the end of time. Throughout two years the members of the family, not only will grow older, but their voices will change. Generational presence and vocal involvement are constant and parallel actions that move side by side towards once single objective, maintaining an indestructible constancy. Furthermore, the artist puts the fragility of human beings in relationship with time.
Differently from the previous performances by the artist, where the action is completed in a space-time dimension relatively short, “Family” will expand enormously.
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The public is experiencing a work changing constantly as the family members grow older, especially as regards the youngest and the oldest generations, or change their approach to the work. Although the work does not strictly require participation, the observer will be an active witness of time going by becoming  its guardian.
 The museum’s floors hosts one family member each, producing every time a different experience for the audience, ranging from the invitation to get closer to the singer in order to hear her or cohabit a space where the voice is strongly present. The performance follows the exhibition’s rhythms, changing accordingly to the works of the collection exposed. 
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The structure of the museum becomes a genealogical tree, with a spine that goes back in time. The role of the spectator and the performer are here merged in a single figure such as the Family.