Installation in Hollywood

Installation at Visual Artists Group, 5239 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles.

Corduene Meditation Site and Mirrors for Princes. November 24-26 2017

Visual Artist Group is happy to present a new iteration for Lior Shamriz’ Corduene Meditation Space, made especially for the space in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Side by side to the meditation space we will project Shamriz’s film MIRRORS FOR PRINCES within the gallery.

Meditating on the meaning of territory, nationhood and the trauma of the self, Shamriz re-imagines a 5th century Corduene (Modern day Syria/Kurdistan) religious site for healing and appropriates it for contemporary setting within an art gallery. Through a story of a 5th century massacre and a specific designated “game” rules, setting the installation in Los Angeles allows us to bring to light questions on the relationship between the American White diaspora with its ancestral Europe, in particular within the art community.

The site was first set up in Seoul in spring 2017.

Installation at SeMA Nanji

KURDANAYE SITE FOR HEALING – an installation at SeMA Nanji Seoul.


Meditating on the meaning of territory, nationhood and trauma of the self, Shamriz re-imagines a 5th century Kurdanaye religious site for healing and appropriates it for contemporary setting within an art gallery. This parallel duality of irony and spirituality is a site-specific variation on the artist’s idiosyncretic cinematic language that often combines these two contradictory elements within the framework of a performative experience. It alludes to very contemporary concerns as travel bans, globalization and surveillance at the same time that it conveys a timeless spiritual simplicity. In an act of somewhat defiance against a current zeitgeist, to experience the site’s spiritual property the visitor is obliged to avoid witnesses and the truthful sharing of his experience. The only permitted and possible account of the visit is a false one. In addition, a set of three rules determines who is eligible to enter the territory – a person who hadn’t committed murder in the last three years, physical assault in the last month and who hasn’t been in the area of the Western Roman Empire.

Read the story behind the installation and its special set of rules here.

The Recursive Stage – 8 Weeks Film Workshop in L.A

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Following the success of our previous course, we’re launching a new Process to Practice course with Lior Shamriz.


From a TV series starring wild-west robots to artist workshops in self-organized art-spaces comes a demand that we address our current crisis by looking inside – as if consciousness arises simply from within.

As a starting point for the class we assert that this notion of consciousness is an unfortunate vintage, faux-transgressive falsehood. Instead, we will explore an integrative and relational approach to examine the following chain as an algorithmic social building block.

{ viewer → screen → camera → performer → object }

In short, this class, composed of actors, performers, visual artists, writers and directors – will focus on looking and being looked at – performers and camera.

A greater chunk of the time will be given to experimenting with filming in class and there will be opportunities for participants to share works in progress for feedback. During these 8 weeks, outside of class, Shamriz will be filming a new project – “The Recursive Stage” and will share some of that experience with the class.

See attached PDF for full syllabus: