In their work, both Rotem Tamir and Omri Zin create systems that suggest a performative presence, usually embodied by various stand-ins such as motorized mechanisms or modular structures. However, neither artist has ever been present as a live performer within these systems. For Larval Acceleration, Tamir and Zin created two autonomous systems that accommodate two separate performances, built according to the physical capacities and imagination of each individual artist. Their installation was anchored by two stations, akin to two factories, one producing shaped balloons, and the other rendering animal fat into a grease-like substance.
The two separate units of this installation constitute a single work that explores what it means to be in dialogue, not as a means to an end, but as a continuous process. Both stations necessitate a similar rhythm of production that continuously persists within its designed framework. Both environments foster the idea of work in progress in that they are designed to produce a product, which is simply a continuous state of production. Although they are each operating individually, the performers are in a relationship with each other that goes beyond their co-existence in a shared space or their proximity to one another. They persist in talking to, at, or into each other in an ongoing physical conversation.
Rotem Tamir and Omri Zin are Israeli artists who have been exhibiting extensively for the past decade. In 2012, they both moved to the United States to complete their MFA’s at Virginia Commonwealth University’s renowned sculpture program. The artists are a couple who, over the past ten years, have lived together, studied together and shared studio spaces, but until now they have never worked together. The exhibition at Locust Projects gave them the opportunity to collaborate on an exhibition for the first time, and to explore their common interest in functional design mechanisms by creating a playful durational performance environment.