A billion of wide-open yawns and not a single head

Video installation: b/w projection, 2 channel sound, duration 4 + 4 minutes in a loop. Spray paint on wood, metal, plastic, motion controlled led light, batteries, pills, measurement tape. Various dimensions, 2014-16.

Putting on a gas mask promptly takes some practice. By following pre-designed routes one can reach a shelter in case if a chemical plant next to your town gets a leakage. Leaving the facility in case of a fire must be rehearsed numerous times before a subject can do it automatically. So, it seems that we are well-prepared and instructed, and taken care of.

But are the bodies which we inhabit prepared as well for an emergency situation? Or these are our minds which have a duty to keep the fear under control?

 This work takes further my audiovisual research into aesthetics and language of emergency, experimenting with

the reaction of our selves to repetitive evacuation commands vs. magnetizing movement of the black and white projection scanning the 'stage' with objects referring to an unknown drama.

The audio part carries on an emotional contradiction: the first sound layer is composed of a remixed evacuation announcement, while the second channel broadcasts an excerpt from a pacifying Sarabande by J.S.Bach.

The action sound-effects fusing with it are creating a contradictory soundscape, exploring 'run-for-your-life' and 'stay-and-watch' dilemma.


Part of the solo show 'Fast, No Jams, No Panic' in Moscow Museum of Modern Art, April 14 - May 15, 2016

Preview in Gallery LokaalWV15, 23-31 January 2016