No Exit / Rotterdam, 2013
Live Performance using 2000 Meters of Caution Tape
A collaboration between Shahram Entekhabi and Vox Nostra
An artistic, architectural and performative intervention as the opener of the the International festival Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Entekhabi erects a wall like ‚architecture' by running caution tape back and forth between fixed points inside a church or another location. An ephemeral barrier is created in the space, thereby evoking the tradition of the chancel screen in medieval churches or the Iconostasis of the Orthodox Church, in which the sacred space is divided from the public space. At the same time, the work with caution tape stands specifically in relation to Entekhabi's Gesamtwerk. He utilized the caution tape in various video performances, (see for example "Caution", 2005) to cordon off territories in public space, which he then used for himself.
No Exit thematises the process of inclusion and exclusion. Both, Shahram Entekhabi and VOX NOSTRA, are active protagonists in the performance intervention. The action is comprised of Entekhabi´s work with red and white caution tape, which he has used in diverse video performances and interventions. The vocal ensemble VOX NOSTRA from Berlin is involved in the action by singing liturgical music of medieval Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, while its members perform symbolic actions far beyond the choreography of a typical concert situation.