On the basis of these ‘invisible performances’, Shervin Kianersi Haghighi* studies the involuntary actions and attitudes we employ in our everyday routines, such as walking, eating, listening etc. She concentrates mainly on the experiences characterised as negative in our society, such as slowness, laziness, failure and so on… and in her actions tries to break down the hierarchy we attach to these and other experiences.
At S.M.A.K., Shervin Kianersi Haghighi will in the course of a year carry out ‘invisible performances’ at regular intervals that respond to the hierarchy that exists between the various museum rooms and the invisible structures that connect them. In this way she wants to ascertain how certain actions force the artist and the public to view the rooms in a different way and suggest new patterns of behaviour to them.
In the week preceding each performance, the artist will examine the existing structure and significance of one or more rooms in the museum. On the basis of this she will devise a performance which, at the moment it is performed, remains invisible to the public while at the same time drawing their attention to the place and its observable and concealed qualities.
* Shervin Kianersi Haghighi is an artist and researcher. She lives and works in Brussels.