Keren Moscovitch (Israeli-American, NYC)
Marianna Olinger (Brazilian, Rio de Janeiro)
Shortly after meeting in 2012 we began a long-distance collaboration about intimacy: the Doppelgänger Project. Reciprocally unknown to each other, we set up a 39-day structured correspondence, an existential meditation. Memories interweaving with our present lives, we played an intricate game defined by territorial and emotional displacements. Daily, we shared words, sounds and images: a multilingual, multimedia dialectical exchange in nonlinear flux. The collaborative process has become an experimental space for the investigation of Self-Other relations and the construction of identity. Out of this initial correspondence, we have catalogued over 90 pieces and a meta-conversation in a weekly studio practice (in person and over Skype). Two and a half years later, we continue creating new artworks that bring to the surface the subtexts contained in both of these original exchanges as we deconstruct and reconstruct our correspondence. In 2014, we engaged in a second set of correspondences while exchanging hometowns for the first time - Keren in Rio de Janeiro and Marianna in New York City - and debuted the project to the public in the form of a performance. Understanding this as a long-term collaboration and working within a systematic framework, we plan to exhibit new work continuously.