zwei zwei Zweier (two two Twos), 2008
Video loop A 20 min, video loop B 30 min, 2 projectors.
Based on the theory of mirror neurons, Benjamin Tomasi designed a closed circuit video installation. Mirror neurons work in the way of auto-poetic feedbacks in our brains.
A protagonist (a young man) is recorded yawning. It is a common truth that when we see a person yawn vis-à-vis, we repeat the act. The same protagonist was shown the video of his own yawn. Infecting himself, he started yawning again and was recorded repeating his own act.
Both video recordings were edited in two different chronological sequences and are projected opposite from each other. Aleatorically, the synchronicity of the closed circuit of yawning and self-infection, respectively self-mirroring, is broken apart. The two videos produce an absurd interplay with random yawning patterns, which—under the hand of the artist Benjamin Tomasi—, becomes a nonsensical and humorous experiment.