As Much As You Want: A performative psychological experiment by Einat Amir and Yossi Hasson
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, IL
May 10–12, 2018


Links: Hyde Park Art Center Website

Presented in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center and Links Hall, the artist Einat Amir and the emotion researcher Yossi Hasson created a participatory performance combined with real time psychological research as part of a long-term collaboration with the Emotion in Conflict lab (at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel) led by Professor Eran Halperin. The project consisted of one on one interactions of performers with the audience.

Each performer welcomed one visitor at a time for a 15 minutes one-on-one interview. The interviews were constructed as a psychological research / performance hybrid – containing a mix of questions and actions that challenged the audience visually and emotionally. The interviews content are confidential. The anonymous data collected from the audience will be processed into an innovative research in the field of interpersonal emotions.

This was the first collaboration between a social psychologist who studies emotions and a performance artist who studies human interactions. The joint project was a psychological experiment, and served as a multi-sensual artistic experience.