Tea Tupajić “Spy School” (workshop)
A workshop in the techniques of the intelligence service
A school of tricks, skills and magic of an intelligence officer.
In 2013 Tea Tupajić started a project dealing with the artistic, performative methods used in the work of the intelligence officers. As collaborators she invited former and current officers of the Israeli intelligence agencies Mossad and Shin Bet. Using deception as its main tool, the intelligence community has developed techniques such as emotional manipulation, target-oriented communication, motivation inception, and similar psychological games, into a scientifically precise, elaborate art of human interaction.
“Spy School” is a workshop originally conceived for DISCREET, Berlin Biennale 2016. It is based on the toolbox of human relation skills Tupajic gathered during the two years of the research process.The participants gain insight not only to the palette of skills, but also to the exercises created by generations of intelligence officers that are used in the intelligence education and recruitment centers. The goal of the workshop is to examine, re-contextualize and re-appropriate those skills and methods and to find a new, useful, not warfare related use for the society.
Tea Tupajić (BIH) is a theatre director. As an independent artist she works both in performing and visual arts context. Her projects “The Curators’ Piece”, “La maladie de la mort”, “Variete Europe”, “The Disco” were presented in venues/festivals such as BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), PS 122 (New York), ZKM (Zagreb), Bastard (Trondheim), Frascati (Amsterdam), Theatre Garonne (Toulouse) Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Tmuna festival (Tel Aviv) and in many others. She is also guest editor and writer for the magazine Frakcija. Tea publishes, lectures and contributes to conferences internationally.
Concept and realization: Tea Tupajic | With the support of: Berlin Biennale 2016, Ministry of Culture Croatia, Zagreb City Council, Jerusalem season of culture, Tmuna Festival.