Public Movement
Temporary Orders

Vistamarestudio, Milan / Italy

November 10–December 15, 2018
November 6, 2018

Opening: November 10, 5–9pm, limited to small groups, first-come, first-served

Viale Vittorio Veneto 30
20124 Milan

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Vistamarestudio is pleased to present Temporary Orders, the first performance-based exhibition by Public Movement in Italy.

Public Movement is a research and performance group that explores the creation of national, social and political identities through public choreography. Since it was established Public Movement has investigated the regulations, forces, agents, and formations of identity and systems of ritual, which govern the dynamics of public life and public space.

For Temporary Orders, Public Movement invites visitors to participate in a performative exhibition which takes place throughout the gallery. Drawing from their choreographic vocabulary, the exhibition is activated by six performers who form together choreographic monuments in the vacant gallery space. The visitors are led in small groups as the gallery transforms into an arena of physical exchange. The performers conduct ceremonies, short speeches and orchestrated movements that point to existing intersections between art, the art market, modernism, and ideological impulses.

The exhibition features four performances that examine corporal memory as a means through which we experience historical narratives, and the way these narratives project on present modes of identifications.

At the center of the show is Choreography for a Collection, a new performance specifically conceived for the gallery and based on the group’s research into Italian art made between 1909 and 1945, which was lost, destroyed or disappeared during WWII—often consumed by the same ideology it wished to represent. The group will also premiere The choir, a new musical score composed of various Honor Guard movements borrowed from around the world.

During the opening hours of the exhibition the performance Debriefing Session: Vistamarestudio, will be activated in a secret location in the gallery. Created by Alhena Katsof and Dana Yahalomi, It is a one-on-one meeting with a Public Movement Agent who delivers an account of the group’s research about modern art made in Palestine before 1948. The private session intersects with the group’s local research, and draws out the performative relationship between nation-states and their cultural institutions.

Temporary Orders—performance dates
November 17, 24 / December 1, 5, 15
In order to participate at the performance, prior reservation is required through our website,, choose your preferable day and time and follow instructions. Walk-ins are possible if places are free.

Public Movement was founded in 2006 in Tel Aviv and has been working since with site-specific and time-specific projects in museums, biennials and public space events around the world. In 2017, Public Movement created The Interview, based on the Israel Military psychological profiling. In the same year they performed Rescue for the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus. In 2016 Public Movement presented two new commissions in the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2015 their performative exhibition, National Collection, took place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and in the same year the book Solution 263: Double Agent by Alhena Katsof and Dana Yahalomi was published with Sternberg Press. Public Movement was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2014 at the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev and won the Rosenblum art prize for excellence in arts. The group performed in the Asian Art Biennial, Taipei; Gothenburg Biennial; Berlin Biennial; Performa, New York, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz; and exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; New Museum Triennial, New York; Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; ACCA, Melbourne, and more. Public Movement was established by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, the later became the director of the group in 2011.