The Urbophobia performance deals with the problem of urbanization and its connection to claustrophobia i.e. the uncontrollable erection of new buildings in the modern cities nowadays which oppresses the people and turns them into claustrophobics in their own home. The performance presents its authors’ personal attitude towards this environmental as well as psychological issue and tries to expose publicly the negative psychological effects modern cities have on their inhabitants.
The Urbophobia performance was carried out in 14th November 2008, in the centre of Sofia during the rush hour. It was performed by two participants Nadezda Blagoeva and Irina Simidchieva who walked the distance from Patriarch Evtimii Blvd. to Slaveikov Square for about 30 minutes. The performers were dressed in one-metre-long metallic tubes covering their bodies in a way that their faces were also invisible. The metallic tubes, symbolizing the modern citizens surrounded at all sides by buildings and unable to escape from their environment, were carriers of the performance’s main idea. Although, as planned in the project supporting the performance, the performers did not provoke in any way the ordinary passers-by their presence in the centre of the city caused different reactions that varied from curiosity to amazement.