by Liliana BASARAB & Costel CHIRILĂ
Video, 2006, 5’00”
camera: Wagner MORALES
special thanks: Koki TANAKA, Romain SEIN
© Liliana BASARAB & Costel CHIRILĂ
FIGHT! is cynically commenting the visual invasion of a street interpelation and is ironically simulating an art counter-stroke. In the city, on the pillars, on the fences or on the buildings walls we can see posters that are calling us to promised initiations in the Martial Arts. In movies, we can see abundant and hyper-realist fights between celeb characters and anonymous. Urban culture and cinema industry are reproducing violent surpluses of adrenaline and simulates excessive situations of power. In the art world, we assists to fights between generations, conflicts between conventions, and oppositions between those that are talking about initiation, the same that are stepping on the dead bodies, and those who are tired of bad written scenarios, normatively installed settings and counterfeited distributions. Nevertheless, the fight is undecided and apparently futile.
The work is a socially and artistically comment, a caricatured and satirical, a cynical and ironical one, on the inflation of images and slogans in the imagery of Martial Arts, and on the other hand on the exact rules of museum kind of display, on the basis of whom it is pretending that there could be configured a science of a thematically archiving practice.
The video it mixes mixing elements of action and interprets moments from the painting history. Beyond the promotional aggression from the street, the production of pathological violence from the cinema industry and the hemorrhage of the quasi-conflicts from the narrow artworld, there is a puzzled scenario with an already consumed end. (text by Catalin GHEORGHE)