We can spend hours doing nothing at the coffee shop, the time will pass slow, and nothing will change. But a second can turn everything upside down, in a blink of an eye, our life can be different. My youth was marked by dramatic political changes – the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, and the end of the socialist system and transition to capitalism. I remember also how people watched the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, how they cried for the Great Korean Leader Kim Il-sung, but also for Princess Diana, the same way – just a few years apart. In this video, I wanted to express the rapidly changing feelings, excitement, and horror of those events. I asked my actresses (Veronika Petrova and Bistra) to imagine they are excited about the launching of the space shuttle Challenger and then cry in horror after it explodes at their very eyes just a few seconds later.
Commissioned by the project Crossing Over Time, curated by Nina Czegledy and Iliyana Nedkova, Ljudmila Media Lab, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 1999.
Still from this video has been featured on the cover of the catalogue of the exhibition “Global Feminisms” 2007 at Brooklyn Museum.