Lior Shvil


Art In General
79 Walker St.
New York, NY 10013


Lior Shvil’s PROTOCOLS is a large-scale installation inspired by military counter-insurgency (COIN) training courses, periodically activated by a series of improvisational theater workshops and live performances based on combat procedures.

Reflecting on the psychological effects of the built environment, Shvil’s installation echoes specialized facilities made to imitate the urban terrain of conflict areas.These sites become alternate realities, or stage sets, for the soldiers in them, playing insurgents and civilians in each “mission.” Throughout this evolving exhibition, audience members will be offered a rare opportunity toboth witness and take part in creating content and meaning. 

Audience members are invited to work directly with Shvil in collaboration with Improv Director/actor Hollis Witherspoon. Workshops and performances, rooted in social theater, are open to members of the public as spectators or actors.

Contact to participate in open workshops and performances on November 14 and 21 from 4-6pm. 

PROTOCOLS is a New Commission curated by Kristen Chappa and presented by Art in General. 

Image credit: Lior Shvil, PROTOCOLS, 2015; photo by Charles Benton, courtesy the artist and Art in General. Lior Shvil, PROTOCOLS, 2015; courtesy the artist and Art in General.


Art in General's New Commissions Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.  

Additional support for Lior Shvil’s New Commission has been provided by the Artis Grant Program.

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