Presented by Samara Hirsch
Reviewed on March 11, 2022
Using modern technology, Melbourne-based artist Samara Hirsch forges emotional bonds between strangers, while shedding light on our views on aging, death, love, heartbreak, pain and pleasure.
If you had the power to go back in time, what kind of advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Melbourne-based artist Samara Hirsch poses this question to her audience and then offers them the opportunity to connect with her and share their thoughts, feelings, memories, emotions and opinions shaped by all of these.
The show begins with a clever tech feature, using the humble recordings of children between the ages of eight and eleven to smooth out the emotional walls we hold tight to for our protection in everyday life. These children eagerly answer questions about self-talk, self-image, their dreams for the future, and their differing views of aging. Then, the audience member is ushered into another private room with a simple group, almost futuristic room. Within walls covered in light textures, a soft white path leads you down an elongated room toward a desk containing a computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and notepad. As soon as you turn on the headphones, a voice greets you, and your journey with a stranger begins.
In our day and age, having an emotional connection with a complete stranger and being open to them about personal weaknesses and values is not uncommon, even though there is a universal technical connection online. Sex and death_and the internet Not like other interactive theater experiences. She not only relies on voyeuristic engagement, but also requires her audience to surrender themselves to this personal and intimate experience. You are a participant and a very important part of the event structure and thus have the power to make 45 minutes of potential connection memorable, educational and impactful. Samara’s questions influence you to turn inward and reflect on your morals and values in relation to themes of mortality, old age, love, heartbreak, pain, and prosperity.
Step into an exotic, new and unique experience using modern day technology and enjoy potential self-reflection combined with contact between strangers.
reviewed by Georgina Smerd
place: Level 4, Union House, University of Adelaide (enter through Gate 13 on Kintore Ave and follow the AF signs to Union House)
season: March 9 – March 20, multiple sessions between 11 am and 7:30 pm daily
Period: 40 minutes (without interval)
the tickets: $25 – $29
Rating from 5: 4
Image source: Roy Vandervegt