DAN ZAKHEM (1958-1994)
Dennis the Menace - Nomad
Segment of video "Meditation #2"
Dennis the Menace Nomad
Program No.3 Shelter 209
Programm No. 3, Shelter 209 Artists
Originally created and shown at the Israel Festival, Jerusalem
The performance consisted of three individual performances created by the Shelter 209 performance artists (Anat Schen, Tamar Raban and Dan Zakhem). They were presented one after another in the same space, with parts coordinated simultaneously. The performing area consisted of a three-chambered construction, each chamber of which served as a home base or "territory" for each performance. The individual performances utilized, among other devices, videos and slides. An integral part of the performance was that the performers themselves manipulated a large part of their technical equipment (lighting, sound, video and special effects)
Zakhem's work which consisted of a journal of changing scenes interspersed with interludes of meditation, reporting experiences of childhood and death, as well as personal perplexities, exposing the conflicts inherent in the "rituals" of foreign travel – the Wanderlust warring with the need and longing to return home; the myth of "Zion" vs. the myth of the "World".
The performance was originally designed to be presented in the public bomb shelter of the Jerusalem Theater in Jerusalem during the Israel Festival 1990.