Falling Wall (2015) was produced for Public Movement solo show at the Tel Aviv Museum. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art was where the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Entitled “National Collection”, this exhibition examined the national museum as a site and set of activities through which national and cultural identity are defined.
Falling Wall is a choreography constituted of several elements: a wall and minimum 3 performers. As a short ritual: performers stand aligned in front of a wall, at the event of kicking the wall falls in the direction of the viewers, seemingly about to hit them. The wall collapses and the performers pick up the third performer and slowly walk out of the gallery. The performers wear uniforms and their movements are highly orchestrated, as if they were part of a national funeral or memorial. The action can be activated several times a day at short or long intervals. Falling Wall is one of Public Movement most abstract work, evoking various walls—the Western wall, the wall of shame or the museum wall. In a short and shocking event, this work leaves you with a simple question: What would happen if the wall collapses?
Public Movement is a performative research body that investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. Among Public Movement's actions in the past and in the future: manifestations of presence, fictional acts of hatred, new folk dances, synchronized procedures of movement, spectacles, marches, inventing and reenacting moments in the life of individuals, communities, social institutions, peoples, states, and of humanity. In the last six years, Public Movement has explored the regulations, forces, agents, and policies, formations of identity and systems of ritual which govern the dynamics of public life and public space.
The Movement was founded in November 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, since August 2011, Yahalomi is the director of the movement.
Public Movement has taken responsibility for the following actions: "Accident" (Tel- Aviv, 2006), "The Israel Museum" (Tel- Aviv, 2007), "Also Thus!" (Acco Festival, 2007), "Operation Free Holon" (The Israeli Center for Digital Art, 2007), "Change of Guard (With Dani Karavan, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, 2008), "Public Movement House" (Bat Yam Museum, 2008), Emergency (Acco Festival, 2008), The 86 assassination of President Gabriel Narutowicz by the painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski (Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2008), "Spring in Warsaw" (Nowy Teatr, 2009), "Performing Politics for Germany" (HAU Berlin, 2009), Positions (NL, Van AbbeMuseum, 2009), First of May Riots (HAU Berlin, 2010),"University Exercise" (Heidelberg, 2010), "SALONS: Birthright Palestine?" (New Museum, New York, 2012), Rebranding European Muslims (Berlin Biennial 2012, Steirischer Herbst 2012), Debriefing Session (Baltic Circle, Helsinki, 2012), "Civil Fast" (Jerusalem, 2012), Honor Guard (Asian Art Biennial , Taipei, Taiwan 2013), Make Art Policy! (Baltic Circle, Helsinki, 2014), National Collection (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2015), Kiev action (Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev, 2014 and Venice Art Biennial 2015).