We have only just met, 2017
İ.Ata Doğruel

36 hours

Venice International Performance Art Week Co – Creation Live Factory Prologue 1,  2017

Under the mentorship of Marliyn Arsem


“We have only just met” was created in Venice, as result of the workshop “Considering Time”, under the tuition of Marilyn Arsem. The 36-hour durational performance was presented on December 15,16 2017 as part of Co-Creation Live Factory – Prologue 1, Venice International Performance Art Week, at Palazzo Mora, in Venice/Italy.

Eva Martino and Ismail Ata Doğruel co-created this work to question the relation between 2 people. The process involved the artists to tie each other up by one wrist and one ankle and to cover one eye and one ear. They shared meals, bed, toilet, they fed each other, they attempted to be one body.

Moreover, the performers went through an additional performance within this 36 hours process. They sat opposite to each others, looking at each other’s one eye continuously 8 hours a day for two days with no intervals, in a cage. The only way of communication was writing on a notepad.

They went through this reciprocal and human journey together to understand how far could you go with a person you’ve just met?

Where does the intensity of a relation start?

What is the meaning of getting tied up with someone, to create a rhythm with that person, to see the world from that person’s perspective, to become one single body, to trust, to share, even the tears… And to get lost when looking from the other’s eye, to forget time