UIP 27

The drama in the documentary and the documentary in the drama

Artistic research project by artist and film maker Joachim Hamou. Supported by The Ministry of Culture Denmark.

UIP27 has its starting point in the different perceptions of drama and documentary. It proves difficult to mediate the conflicts between these two notions, as they are increasingly getting closer. Maybe the only real is our experience and then, paradoxically, the theatre seems to be one of the spaces where we can create a common experience between the audience and the performers.
Joachim Hamou’s artistic research aims at dissolving the dichotomy between drama and documentary and by so doing, make both the audience and the performer more attentive towards their own positions.

UIP 27 invite the participants to contribute with authentic language and expert knowledge, and the actors to add a psychological and private dimension to the projected conflict. The project creates a reflective space, where an actual political conflict can be discussed, dissected and staged. Co-producers in this space are the audience that in this case not only participate in the discussions with the invited participants and the actors, but also become part of the actual filmed scenes and documentations.

In this kind of participatory performance a “now” is created and shared by audience, performers and participants. But how does the situation change when the actors “historicize” this immediate “now” as an incorporated aspect of the performance?

The vehicle

In UIP27 the Israel-Palestine conflict has been displaced in time. We are not talking from a contemporary position but from a future one. This creates a situation in which people, directly and indirectly involved in the conflict, can discuss possible situations and scenarios and create a common narrative. UIP is the abbreviation for "United Israel Palestine". ”United” implies a new occupational power; this time it is the international society, governed by the United Nations. 
In "United Israel Palestine" year 2027, a time consuming and complicated normalization process, as we know from South Africa, Peru and Germany, will be a necessity.

In Joachim Hamou’s previous work, he has been investigating the notion of nation, borders and the trauma it causes. He considers these issues to be interlinked; the main dominator is the question of territory and body, and the main challenge to these notions is the law.

Research and Method