Roos Hoffmann Performance at P.S. This is Life! The Hague

Artist Statement

My aim as an artist is to interact with people and with social expectations at different locations. This results in site-specific work that often involves interaction with the public. In my performances I arrange people, often in a minimal way, and give them instructions to hold certain positions. This results in durational performance that last sometimes a few hours. My work is in public space as well as in art galleries. The performances are like still-lifes, with no speech, and only a minimal of movement.

The interventions or actions are partly improvised. They are based on a plan, but are determined by whatever happens at the specific moment. The instructions I give to people are limited; do not talk and do not move. It is not an order they have to obey, it is more a suggestion I offer. The individual freedom of the participant stays intact.

My aim is to create moments of reflection. I am interested in the human body and their relation to the surrounding environment. By getting visitors and public out of their routines I hope to create a new experience of their spatiality. As an artist I want to re-own the space, and determine a new way of behaving. The performances can be seen as ‘existential choreographies’. They raise questions like; who am I? What is my place in this world? And how do we relate to ‘the other’?

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