web site features clips from works by Anat Ben-David, a video and
performance Artist, working and living in London since 1999
She is a pioneer of the video-performance genre in Israel, and her
skills span from acting,singing and directing for the stage to video
art, video editing and digital imaging.
with Chicks On Speed (since 2003)
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Anat Ben -David
In my performance
I want to create and generate a total vision. using my body voice
I write songs/texts
and perform as a band, as a performance artist .
I became involved in music as a performer/writer I direct my activities
into a live event which could result in an art performance
or a live gig that derives from punk performance and pop
I produce images
and video art that then come together as an installation.
The essence of my performance is the live interaction with the viewers
or with the camera. who ever is in front of me
It is about
producing a performative moment and a persona that exists in total
when the event takes place and after- in our memories/recordings
as an iconic image.
I use my self as material to generate that persona.
The live performance resonates into everything I create or involved
in, whether its my activities as a collaborator, or as a solo artist.
The question I ask myself as an artists is, what is totally original
and personal and could never become anything then what it is, I
find that the most relevant and direct answer lies in a live performance.
When I first began
to combine live performance and visual art, I was concerned with
the limitations presented as a default of working within these two
different media. Initially, I used video and then digital image
manipulation to try and merge the two together. I used my image
in a virtual digital space splitting my body, duplicating and working
with the parts and voice as materials for my work.
Later on I started working with music creating my own lyrics and
music and performing as a singer.
I have also used
software and digital video in my work to create stand-alone videos,
photos and animations for exhibitions, as well as for visuals to
work together with my live performances.
Towards the end
of my MA Fine art studies at Goldsmiths College, 2002, I focused
on the relation between the fascist leader and the pop star as dominant
performers in front of a desiring audience of supporters/fans. Both
creating, through their performance, a focal force that draws people
in, in a totalitarian, collective mode. Media, pop culture and fashion
in the case of the pop star, and images of power and control behind
the fascist leader help to create this mythical figure that is channelling
visions of hope and releases the individual from their every day
life into a fantastic utopian experience.
I was drawn specifically
to the WWII period because at the time of my studies I was commissioned
to create work for the 'Wonderyears' exhibition in Berlin, focused
on third generation Israeli artists' view on Nazism and the Holocaust.
Being a performance
artist, I decided to take on the pop star role by becoming one,
by joining friends who play in contemporary electro punk rock acts-
Chicks On Speed and Peaches - on a tour of the US (the 'Electroclash'
tour, summer 2002).
I recorded a repertoire
of songs that I could perform as a singer. I took old songs from
the WWII period (by Marlene Dietrich, Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weil),
created new melodies and sang them over existing backing instrumental
tracks by synth-pop, music concrete and electrronica artists such
as Visage, Pierre Henry, and Mu-sic (Mike Paradinas). My brother,
the artist Yoav Ben-David, wrote some tracks for me as well.
I got more and
more involved in music after my graduation and started performing
with 'Popaganda Live', all over Europe supporting Chicks On Speed
whom I've been working with, as a visuals person at the time. I
performed in a number of festivals, galleries and venues. I also
created the 'Hugo Boss provocation' which was a political prank
and intervention, where I infiltrated the firm's annual event as
a formally booked performer after the firm refused to assist on
my 'Wonderyears' project relating to their business collaborations
with the Nazis. I addressed this during my performance at the party
and caused some furor within the company (details in separate document).
I am now a member of Chicks On Speed and releasing a new album of
original songs for which I wrote both the music and lyrics. the
basis for the new album is two performance pieces,
Dances To His Own Personal Boom Boom" 2004 for DaDaDa Strategies
Against Marketure exhibition, curetted by Pil and galia kollective
at Temporarycontemporary gallery, London, 2004.
Live", live performance at Late at Tate, Tate Britain UK,2004.
Similarly to Popaganda,
performed those works live with video visuals and costumes I created
specifically for that purpose as well as paintings.This work extended
to a series of animations collaborating with the photographer-Jet
And where exhibited at:
for Workers" group show Kate Macgarry gallery, London.
I later created
a site specific performance at Dungeness with Gaffer tape costumes
with jet for Port Eliot-Lit Fest, ST Germans, Cornwall.
This work led
to a series of gaffer paintings and a video work and was exhibited
as an installation at "Imagine a World, an Amnesty International
art exhibition at South Bank, currated by Emma Underhill.
Parallel to those
shows I continued to perform with my music and with Chicks On Speed
in many countries including a tour in Australia, USA and the far
I consider myself
not a musician per se, but an artist that uses music and live performance
(art) as a main arena of action, mediation and communication. I
find performance to be the most relevant, engaging and immediate
form of art, as nothing can replace the moment that takes place
when a live performer is in action. A moment that can not be bought,
packaged or traded, only shared
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