Every time we encounter something or someone new, we have mixed feelings. We cannot help wondering what kind of first impression we make or receive. In Basic Assumption we will also be experiencing something completely new, something that we have never encountered: the first ever combination of an artistic performance and a scientific experiment in an emotion research lab.

 

For 10 hours, in the heart of Jerusalem, the YMCA sport hall will turn into a hive of activity that will hover between art and science. The audience will be the experimenters, the exhibitors will implement it, and the researchers will watch together with us a performance that is also a real valid scientific research. The inner rooms of the old gym will be transformed into an improvised and isolated laboratory which will run under field conditions an installation that is an experiment and an experiment that is an installation.

 

What exactly are the research questions? Who is the experimental group, and who is the control group? If we were to tell you that, it would immediately invalidate the experiment… but we can give you a hint and tell you that it is perfect for Jerusalem and that the moment you leave the hall, you will understand everything.

 

Come with an open mind. Come take part. Come be observers. Come be experimenters. Come be surprised.

 

*Basic Assumption is the result of collaboration between artist, Einat Amir, and researcher Yossi Hasson from the Emotion in Conflict Lab at Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, under the directorship of Professor Eran Halperin, Dean, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Professor Tamar Saguy and Dr. Michal Reifen Tagar, researchers and lecturers at the School of Psychology. This is the first collaboration between a social psychologist who studies emotions and a performance artist who studies human interactions. The joint project as part of MEKUDESHET is a psychological experiment, a project that collects valid research data, and serves as a one-time-only multi-sensual artistic experience. 

 

Participation in a performative experiment is a personal experience that is carefully tailored to each observer, and therefore, on purchasing a ticket, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. Don’t worry, all the information provided will be strictly confidential and will not be shared; it is for the purposes of the experiment only. If you prefer not to fill out the questionnaire at this point, that is fine – please leave your number and one of the team will get back to you to ensure that you feel completely comfortable with this procedure.

 

Participation in a performative experiment is a personal experience that is carefully tailored to each observer, and therefore, on purchasing a ticket, you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. Don’t worry, all the information provided will be strictly confidential and will not be shared; it is for the purposes of the experiment only. If you prefer not to fill out the questionnaire at this point, that is fine – please leave your number and one of the team will get back to you to ensure that you feel completely comfortable with this procedure.

 

 

Creators: Einat Amir and Yossi Hasson
Producer: Yael Cohen
Artistic Director, Mekudeshet: Itay Mautner