What’s happening ? 

“I’ve been tracking electrical disorder manifestations attaching its debris to my body and pulling them in a counter-direction to that with which society evolves.” Rym Hayouni

The artist, using  chains and hooks  roams the streets in search of debris. Once the post-consumer object has been encountered, the artist chains it to her feet. Throughout her journey, discarded phones, the remains of a fan or the carcass of an old computer are accumulated and dragged behind her creating a loud ‘modern-waste’ sound.

Walk , collect and tie are the main steps that the artist performed throughout many miles. The happenings was about the act of repeating the gestures,  accumulating  found objects and dragging them adding their volume to her’s : I almost feel that Rym Hayouni already made these objects an extension of her body. 

Public reaction

What is happening? What does she mean? why inflict this penalty on oneself? The artist’s passage does not leave the public indifferent. The young artist chained to metallic and electronic debris that she drags with her on her walk turns many heads, raising many questions and eliciting different reactions from an audience unfamiliar with the art of performance. Curious to see and understand this ‘surrealist’ show , the passengers did not hesitate to stop, stare, ask, and sometimes even follow the artist in her walk.

Finally, I do recognize in this work the physical and  moral strength, that of venturing into alleys for hours and openly putting the body into play in this daring experience. And if i have to choose words to describe it, it would definetly be, bold and impactful.


With Friedrich Boell, Rym Hayouni, and Haifa Ouerfelli
Hosted by Mohsen Bchir, Kenza Jemmali, Janet Sebri

TASAWAR Collective

25 February 2021 | 6.00 pm CET | Register here for free

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with Emily Sarsam (GOETHE-INSTITUTE Tunis), Bettina Pelz (Artistic Director), TASAWAR Collective, and Aymen Gharbi from the partner project ELECTRICAL DISORDER c/o INTERFERENCE Series

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An Online Exhibition Project by TASAWAR Collective
26 Jan to 28 Feb 2021