Works : Performance and Intervention

SZ-ZS PERFORMANCE

2005
BORYANA ROSSA, OLEG MAVROMATTI
documentation by ULTRAFUTURO
Performed at: Sofia City Art Gallery

 

My partner stitches my body to my mirror image with a surgical thread. The audience is located behind the mirror and is able to see only my arm and leg that stuck through the mirror. The action can also be watched on a monitor placed nearby. The video feed comes from a camera mounted on my partner’s head. At the end, the audience is invited to come over to my side of the mirror and see me.

As we were working on the piece, we thought about illustrating the relationship between reality and the virtual world.  Both worlds affect each other, they build and construct each other, but sometimes we don’t want the virtual world to expose some of our qualities or personal biography. The virtual therefore is not us, so often times this connection and constant exchange is not necessarily a unity, but rather often a painful dependence.

SZ-ZS Performance can also be looked at as a visual embodiment of Lacan’s “imaginary, symbolic and real.” The piece is an attempt to expose these three concepts simultaneously.
If “the imaginary” is our body, and “the symbolic” is our mirror image, then “the real” will be the inconceivable, physically non-existing border between the mirror reflection and the flesh of the artist.
The attempt to reify this non-physical connection is painful and infeasible.

SERIES OF FIVE COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS, MOUNTED ON WOOD, DIMENSIONS VARIABLE