Out of Possession

İ. Ata Doğruel
18 Hours (9 hours a day)

Mamut Art Project, İstanbul, 2016

The artist stands behind a frame for two days, nine hours a day, positioned as to have at least one part of his body within the frame’s limits. The performance question: “Would you like to buy this artwork for 9 hours a day?” explores the nature of performance art, based on the foundations of research and criticism. The performance is aiming to inspire the audience to inquire about the performance art itself, by highlighting its characteristics as being process oriented, where the process’ end is in sync with the completion of the performance, and also its nature as being an art form which is impossible to be sold to anyone.