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Screening: April 16, 2014
Vittorio Santoro Filmic Works
Introduction: Andrea Thal, Les Complices*
Real-Time Activity: March 21, /22, /27, /28, /29, 2014 from 4 – 5pm
In/Voluntary Movement Diagram (Josef K.), II, (2014)
The next solo exhibition with the title 3 July 1913: Unexpectedly / Arrested By Two Unidentified Agents / From An Unspecified Agency / On Unnamed Charges is dedicated to the work of Paris-based Swiss Artist Vittorio Santoro (*1962).
«In/Voluntary Movement Diagram (Josef K.)», (2014) is an installation combining elements of an architectural intervention and a sculptural situation. This new installation occupies a corner section of a room “connecting” two walls to form a sculptural zone or a stage suggestive of potential relations. The work consists of a stretched white electric cable with a certain number of light bulbs attached, which is suspended and fixed on a specific height. The way the cable is installed suggests the spatial equivalent of a closed circuit. Four plywood plates are engraved with a continuous black line spreading across them. The plates are positioned on the floor below the light chain suggesting a low podium onto which one might step. The continuous and labyrinthian black line corresponds to a movement diagram derived from the walking pattern of a person through three adjacent rooms (incidentally, Josef K.’s displacements as described in the first chapter of «The Trial» by Franz Kafka titled «The Arrest»).
The elements of «In/Voluntary Movement Diagram (Josef K.)» might be seen as objects with an enigmatic function. Yet they hint at a use in certain circumscribed and at the same time diversified scenarios. The installation is a machine or situation activating the viewer’s ambiguous wish of reluctant participation. Installations are not only a way to create relationships with objects in space, but to elicit actions through which one attributes, or not, sense to a staged situation otherwise remaining perfectly meaningless. Even to resist, as a viewer, to a specific interpretation of this staging might potentially be subversive. The social environment induces individuals to attach meaning to what one sees, to categorize, to classify and to subsequently consume. Therefore a situation inducing someone’s wish to engage, or to only act in a metaphorical sense, possibly creates an unstable state.
The installation playfully uses some notions of the novel, such as the critique of the unwieldy bureaucratic systems that characterize modern governments, both totalitarian and democratic including the sense of remote and inaccessible authorities. Oddly enough, the novel, written almost 100 years ago, could be a work of today, when one observes how our lives have become tied in with an over-institutionalization. The installation is neither a commentary nor has it the ambition to be an analysis of Kafka’s novel. Rather, it is inspired by some of the latent themes inherent in the story. The installation loosely connects some of them in a suggestive environment. vs_dublin 18 Feb. 2014.