Alona Rodeh’s diverse practice uses a wide range of media to construct time-based installations that are often described as “performance without performers”. Through her work, Rodeh tests systems and cultural phenomena by agitating objects, spaces and situations into choreographed, extreme and often humorous performances.
Barking Dogs Don’t Bite (2012) is a video that showcases the same vacant gallery space activated anew. Filmed from two different points of view, the gallery enters into a cyclical process that seems to be self-inflicted.
One by one, all of the defense mechanisms of the empty space are set off and a smoke bomb erupts. As the drama unfolds, passers-by pay no attention, leaving the viewer as the sole witness to the orchestrated absurdity.
Alona Rodeh was born in 1979 in Israel and is based in Tel Aviv and Berlin. Holding an MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2009), she has presented large-scale commissioned projects and solo shows at several international venues including Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (Herzliya, 2014), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2014), Helena Rubinstein Pavilion (Tel Aviv Museum, 2013), The Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv, 2013), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, 2012), and The Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon, 2012). Rodeh has performed at the 54th Venice Biennial and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. From 2013-2014, she was artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.