Submission
Dmitry Gielen

Keep It Clean Please

Mixed media installation with 3 time lines connected by sound.


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In this project, the object is understood as something that can only be comprehended indirectly; something that is not reducible to concrete things. In this perspective of interest are: physical objects, duration, superstition, technique (as something that “alienates”), nature (as something that acts from the past), man and his boundaries, digitality, and the relations between them all. The final object for reception is not a particular artistic program, aesthetics, series or declaration of artistic language, but the network of relations between objects, which need not have a clear, logical (anthropocentric) structure, as well as its evolution. This evolution takes place in several stages.

In the first stage, human bodies cover the gallery space in a single network, just as moss or mold cover the surfaces around them. At this point, participants abandon their individual bodies in favor of a single sprawling organism.

In the second stage, which takes place on the opening day, we see documentation of this process, as well as a “character” who walks around the places where the bodies were previously and still tries to drive them away, reciting a Greek incantation dating from the 6th century AD and used to drive the devil out of the house:

Τὴν θύραν τὴν Ἀφροδίτην
φροδιτην ροδιτην οδιτην
διτην ιτην την {τ}ην {η}ν ωρωρ
φωρφωρ Ἰαὼ σαβαὼθ ἀδονὲ
δενοσε σκορπίε αρτερησιε,
ἀπάλλαξον τὸν οἶκον τοῦτον
ἀπὸ παντὸς κακοῦ ἑρπετοῦ
πράγματος ταχὺ ταχύ.
ὁ ἅγιος Φωκᾶς ὧδέ ἐστιν
Φ[α]μενὼθ ιγ ἰνδ(ικτίωνος) τρίτης*

At the same time we hear sounds (coming from some other space) with which the documented bodies make contact.

In the third stage we see among other things the documentation of the “character,” which integrates an additional time line into the installation.

Thus, what we see in front of us is the dynamic living structure that one can be connected to at any stage.