A site-specific performance in which the artist runs the 15km historic route of the “gas van” – a mobile gas chamber used during the Holocaust in Serbia during a 3‐month period in 1942. The piece deals with memory, postmemory, and dissociative tendencies, using the body to reactivate a landscape of trauma that has been integrated into the mundane local urban and suburban surroundings.
A film has resulted from this performance that works with imagery and sound to both document and distort the performance action as a subject, with a focus on bodily limitations, capacities, and function. The film’s emphasis on sound carries a distinct significance as it uses repetition, reverberation, and feedback loops to manipulate and distort the original content; thus mirroring experience of trauma, and its explicit and procedural memory.
“Running on Empty”, film (1hr 01mins), Elana Katz, 2018
Camera: Mihai Andrei Leaha, Maria Nastase, Nikola Polic, Montage: Branka Pavlovic, Sound Design: Exildiscount
This production has been sponsored by the Trust for Mutual Understanding of New York, and realized in cooperation with the REX Cultural Center of Belgrade and the DFBL8R Performance Art Gallery of Chicago.