Solution 263: Double Agent

The phenomenal performative relationship between the state and its cultural institutions was perhaps best exemplified when the declaration of the State of Israel was staged at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1948. This relationship has been at the heart of Public Movement’s research.
Solution 263: Double Agent, authored by Alhena Katsof and Dana Yahalomi, presents a methodology, manual, and performance offered as a culmination of efforts by the Office of Strategy and Protocol. It contains the necessary tools to activate Debriefing Sessions and in doing so trains future Agents in a series of one-to-one exchanges gathered from work in the field. At its root, Debriefing Sessions explore the possibility that to activate art in the political field, an agent may be a double agent

The manual includes contributions by Karen Archey and Janto Schwitters, and Jill Magid.

Solution 263 Double Agent was published in Sternberg Press in 2015, as part of the Solution Series, edited by Ingo Niermann and designed by Zak Group.

The book was launched in:
28.10.2015
Rongwrong / Amsterdam

01.11.2015
Spielart Festival / Munich

03.11.2015
Kunsthalle Basel / Basel

Fueled by political fire, the story that comes to light exposes the complexities and vagaries of artistic funding, and the provocative substance of art. Katsof and Yahalomi’s conspiratorial tone pulls readers straight into the heart of the action. Solution 263: Double Agent goes deeper than presenting readers with an either/or choice; while scrutinizing a complex story, the performative possibility in the act of reading gets exposed.
The official blog of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston / Dan Daderko

The book is available for purchase here