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Lies of the Matrix (L.O.M.) is a multimedia performance that deals with questions of identity by observing the relationship between the individual and his thoughts and beliefs about himself, as well as the sources on which those beliefs are based. For this purpose, a sculptural prop – a forest of ropes – has been made. The prop carries a scenic and metaphorical meaning, and through this performance, the author Tanja Puklek Borelli is building a relationship with it, based on a self-reflective process. Here we can find the blackest dark and the most colorful light, worm sun rays, and storms, pain and embraces laughter, and plenty of things that form us and lie undiscovered on the horizon of matter and metaphysics. Starting from a place of a free game, combining various techniques from the field of contemporary circus and dance, this relationship also represents the approach to any prop as the extension of our body or part of ourselves. The entire atmosphere is coated with the music composition of Sunčica Dropulić and the game of lights by Filip Borelli. The inspiration for the concept and title lies in the personal experience of the author, as well as in the work of contemporary psychologists Margaret Paul, Bill Plotkin, and Tsabary Shefali. In her peroration of this topic, Shefali addresses the false beliefs coming out of, as she calls it: “toxic patriarchy”, as “Lies Of the Matrix”, which holds the ground for the title “L.O.M.”

AUTHOR: Tanja Puklek Borelli (PuTanja)


LIGHT DESIGN, VISUALS & ART DIRECTION: Filip Borelli (Studio De Borell)

MUSIC: Sunčica Dropulić (Sundari Sunchi Dropulic)

ASSISTANT IN CHOREOGRAPHY: Vladimira Šančić i Ivana Pedljo

ARTISTIC SUPPORT: Vladimira Šančić and Filip Borelli

COSTUMOGRAPHY: Tanja Puklek Borelli and Ivanka Jovanović

YEAR: 2023.

The project was supported by associations Cirkorama, Cirkus kolektiv, and Tricycle trauma. It was preselected at the international platform Circusnext, and financially supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

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new media art 

Contact: borellifilip(at)

Filip Borelli

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