Video Loop/Installation. Varied Sizes and Configurations. trt 12 min
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The men stand upright throughout their sessions, yet they break stance at intervals to stretch, to straighten up, to open their hands. I've asked the men to close their eyes at specific times, so we can see them without their gaze back at us. The closing of the eyes is important for this sense of relaxation. It also adds layers of watching, for the viewer and the viewed. I asked them to "Breathe. Imagine yourself as a rocket. Imagine that you are floating in space.”
I’m inspired by the Surrealists, by contemporaries such as Marina Abramowiz, and also by Jasper Johns. I love how Johns discussed iconic objects and how an artist can participate in dissipating their iconic power. I thought, how can I do this with the male figure?
An endling is an individual animal that is the last of its species or subspecies. Once the endling dies, the species becomes extinct. In this living installation I was lying on the rocky path , slithering backwards in an extreme Slow-Motion , eventually leaving trace behind me. For this particular piece , I was also inspired by a phenomenon called ‘’ Sailing Rocks ‘’ characteristic for the Death Valley ,Eastern California , where rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. ENDLING basically would be a site specific living installation related to the concept of Extinctive Species. Cynically enough , I shall consider myself as the last individual ´´animal´´of my species which is about to extinct.
Living installation - duration 2 hours
Performance Platform Lublin
Gallery Labyrinth , Lublin , Poland
Curated by Paulina Kempisty
Video by Artur Dowgird
Edited by Branko Miliskovic
October 26 , 2013 liveperformance.pl brankomiliskovic.wordpress.com