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interactive performance installation

main tool of this interactive performance installation is a device (similar in function to an overhead projector), which allows the watcher to draw on a piece of paper while her/his action is recorded and projected on the performer’s visage. the doer, over a period of three hours, collects each of the audience’s drawings which gradually overtake her private territory: the performance space, a narrow room, becomes progressively covered with drawings and the doer unable to react to this invasion gradually loses her mobility.
the drawings produced in each show are being archived in folders and dress the room as props in later shows.  a selection of the audience’s designs is also printed on wall paper.

"it is a beautiful and original work, as well as one of emotional depth. the longer one engages with the piece the more it reveals itself. it can be appreciated on many levels - aesthetic, psychological and as pure entertainment. for that reason everyone from children to adults find their own way into the work and are happy they did."- Frank Ragano and Mariannah Amster, Co-Executive Directors, Parallel Studios, Currents: the santa fe international new media festival

" the piece offers a commentary on the intersection of scientific and artistic observation." - sozita goudouna, artistic director, outofthebox intermedia


this performance installation is an investigation of the manifold faces, masks and skins of our individuality and identity in relation to the "Other" and questions how the contemporary urban environment restricts real human interaction and it’s effect on our ability to process information.
the artist explores the fragile connection, or violent disjuncture, between the experience of the body, and the perception of the “Other.” The piece unearths the patterns that shape the space of the self, the messages and images that invade, embed and collude on our encounter with the Other.

the scenography refers to the mind and its processes, especially focusing on how information is represented (audience's drawings), processed (performer's drawings on the paper), and transformed (performer's drawings on the wall)


associate artists in performance: julieta kilgelmann and kate kita
associate artist in writing: polly stella graham
associate artist in sound: nik paravatos

concept/direction: xristina penna


june 2013 currents2013, the santa fe international new media festival, new mexico, usa

october 2012 emergency festival, blankspace gallery manchester

may2011 accidental festival, the round house london

nov 2010 7 quiet acts of domestic violence london

oct 2010 benaki museum of modern art, athens

nov 2009 byzantine museum, athens

 sept 2009 area 10, london

april-may 2009 shunt vaults, london
originally commissioned by out of the box intermedia

footage from the benaki museum of modern art, athens, greece (september 2010) with julieta kilgelmann

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footage from currents 2013, new mexico, usa 
(june 2013) with kate kita

the performer has no idea of what is being drawn on her face and how this alters her image. 
she can only see the drawing each person has left behind on the paper.