Rimalin

SIMON GUSH RIMALIN PERFORMANCE 2009
SIMON GUSH
RIMALIN
PERFORMANCE
2009

For an exhibition in Ename, Belgium, I produced a work that seeks to remind visitors and residents of the small town about the way in which its history has defined our experience of the place. The history of the Trappist monks who lived in Ename is specifically being addressed here. I selected a local bar and asked the bartenders to perform a small action when serving the Ename Trappist beer. Just before giving out the beer, the bartender executed the Trappist sign language for silence. This work looks to place the history of the Ename Trappist abbey in the context of the contemporary bar. I wanted to draw attention to bars in small towns as a way in which visitors can experience and participate in the community. For the residents, the bar provides a meeting point. It also provided a place for interaction between exhibition goers and the locals for the duration of the exhibition.