A traveling choreographic action, the marching performance right left, appropriates marching, one of the oldest types of organized movement closely tied to the display of military and state power, transforming it into an artistic act. We are declaring orderly marching to be an artistic expression and opposing its use meant to spread fear and aggression. Orderly marching belongs in a museum, along with other forms of the stronger abusing the weaker, and the use of force and bullying in interpersonal relationships and politics. Right Left against intimidation! Right Left for demilitarization!
The project was developed and performed in the frame of Performance Festival Ljubljana (see below).
The performance has two parts – in the first part the author of the project marches through the pedestrian zone of Ljubljana in a balaklava alone, ending the march in the Modern Gallery Ljubljana. On the next day he is joined by a group of masked marchers. They walk the same route together, heading for the Modern Gallery, where they line up. The performance ends with a hand over of the art work in progress to the Modern Gallery Ljubljana.
The aim of the pacifistic performance right left is to open up a debate about the politics of fear and security and to ask who are we really afraid of and what (or who) do we want to protect ourselves from?
The Performance Festival is an artistic gesture that takes stereotypical, witch-hunting and negative attitudes towards modern art that emerge from the anonymous internet environment quite literally. Its starting point are ideas about the kind of performance that would earn the author social value (award), as articulated by anonymous commentators on the internet. We approached the ideas literally, without prior ironic distance, but rather with all the available artistic procedures and dimensions that can lead to the realization of what is written in the comments.
Read more about the festival HERE!
Creators and performers: The Miha Artnak, Katja Gorecan & Nika Svab, Rok Kravanja, Jan Rozman and Katarina Stegnar
Curators: Urska Brodar and Janez Jansa
Technical support: Igor Remeta
Public relations: Urska Comino and Mladinsko Theatre
Executive producer: Tina Dobnik
Production: The New Post Office (Maska + Mladinsko Theatre)