NINE HOUR DELAY (2014)

Borovo Shoe Factory, EU Privatization Protocols, Art Institutions

The Borosana shoe was first developed over a nine-year period (1960-69) at Borovo Rubber Industry Headquarters in Vukovar, Croatia. After being designed and tested by the Borovo female workforce and an orthopedic surgeon, the shoe was institutionalized as mandatory for all Yugoslav women working in the public sector. Borosana was launched in 1969, in white and navy colors, featuring an ergonomic platform, calculated as ideal for nine hours of standing without hurting the wearer’s spine. In the declining years of Yugoslav communism the model was withdrawn from mass production and fabrication was abandoned when Vukovar became a major Yugoslav war zone in 1991. The workers returned in 1999 finding only the office building, the shoe factory, and the company hospital structurally safe. Today those buildings house factory production. The remainder of the industrial complex can only be described as an overgrown post- apocalyptic ruin. Despite the decline of recent wars, the Vukovar plant of the Borovo factory network remains the most diverse of all Borovo factories throughout the ex-Yugoslavia. It is the only factory able to model the Borosana shoe base as it was designed in the 1960s.

Nine Hour Delay (2012-ongoing) reinitiates the fabrication of the Borosana work shoe. Each time this project is exhibited Borosana becomes the official work shoe of the host institution advancing the constructivist maxim of great utilitarian design in service of the working woman. The new production run is black and available for checkout for the women working in and around the hosting institution. The project disperses through clouds of poster and video ads and uniforms sporting sayings and slogans Borovo workers adopted from the 1990’s war. Since Borosanas can only be worn while performing work, the shoes become a medium, a prosthetic of labor: once they are on, work commences: when they are off, work ends.  With each step, the shoe extends the architecture of labor and provides the wearers with a distinction between labor time and leisure time. Borovo remains the last public Yugoslav infrastructure. The inability to legally split and privatize the company’s public assets prevents Yugoslavia from fully splitting to this day. The ultimate goal of Nine Hour Delay is to keep Borosana in production as long as possible, suspending the formal dissolution of the country of Yugoslavia. With every new step Yugoslavia persists (insists).

INTRODUCTION: PRINTEMPS - ÉTÉ - AUTOMNE - HIVER 2058 video is at http://vimeo.com/84963894

Nine Hour Delay: Model Amelia Pool Working, desktop background, Museum of Arts and Design New York, 2014

 

DEATHWARE (2013)

Black Dinner

Custodians, sin-eaters of the past, witness the living power of chanting the curse! Repeat the cycle!  Hide the black book! Descend to an underground lake and destroy the cursed object, consume the liquid pain!

Produced on demand for any household or institution in crisis, Deathware can be used to enact a black dinner: a four course dinner comprised only of black food and drink is served in an entirely black interior. Daethware mounts a Victorian fantasy recounted in Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans, a novel published in France in 1884. The collectors of this work and its components consume the traumatic by casting it into the black food. Deathware is calibrated by a custom number of black plates and other food and drink vessels, appropriate to the potential menu and the number of people in the household, their size and age. Inaugural black dinner took place at Blackbird in 2013, comissioned by Lisa Lee.

Deathware Schematic, 2013

 

TOP LISTE SURREALISTE: BON TON-MAIS NON (2013)

Manifesto

A 60 point manifesto on polite art, corruption, and the death drive.
Excerpt:
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A giant eye is riding a bicycle, optical nerves dragging on the floor and other veins holding the handlebars and turning the pedals.

Polite art asks for nothing. That is cruel. Polite art asks for something. That is also cruel.

Polite art is a present. Everyone likes presents, don’t you?

Sometimes polite art is about limits of the body. Its about duration and waiting. There is nothing impolite about waiting. Queuing is quite strenuous on your feet and very polite. People pee themselves waiting for bread and oil not to loose their place in the queue.

Polite art is something you need. Its like toilet paper. 

Polite art points.

It is rude to point.

Pointing is only good for assassinations or picking groceries. That one? Which one? This one. This one? One to the right. Are you sure? Yes. When and how much?

Polite art looks corrupt. It does not corrupt.

Polite art bribes. It is an amateur at corruption.

Polite art can be thrown, back and forth, by anyone. Its like paper trash you practice basketball with.

Polite art is like a dog sniffing around who finds a stick and brings it back to the owner to throw again. Cats are another matter entirely. Cat kills a mouse, chews down its head into a bloody dripping stub, and then brings the head to the owner. You can’t throw that.
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Manifesto cover, 12.5x19 in

 

NIGHT OF THE WORLD MULTIPLES: THEATER OF SURPRISE (2012)

Pamphlet

From Ivo Andric’s Occasions, Books, Events. This letter titled Theater Of Surprise, written by Andric’s in Rome was first published in the New Europe periodical, book 3, notebook 10. The document describes a first hand account of the Roman premiere of Marinetti’s Theater Of Surprise in 1921. Andric’s entry predates the 1922 Theater of Surprise manifesto by Marinetti and Canguillo. Translated by Ika Knezevic in 2012.

12.5x19 in pamphlet, part of Night Of The World multiples, 2012

 

A SHORT FILM ABOUT ARCHITECTURE (2012)

8 min, HD video with stereo sound

A comprehensive musical inventory of eastern-european architectural b-sides, starring Daniil Kharms, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Sergei Eisenstein and scarcely clad young women. The buildings flash in and out of phase in a full blown seisure-inducing techno trance. Isamu Noguchi storage units shine again.

A Short Film About Architecture, video still.

 

ANNEX (2012)

2010-ongoing

Annex facilitates strategic placements of art objects through an international network of activist-collectors who temporarily or permanently donate Western masterpieces to institutions lacking national or international protection. The project gives works of art a direct stake in political conflicts by creating architectural safe zones. Due to the delicate nature of this work the ammount of public information is limited. Details on this project, its stages, research, and deployment are available upon request.


 

WITHOUT TITLE (2012)

2009-2012

After I am finished, I dig out the eyes, cut off the nose, the tongue, I break the fingers, legs, arms, and lastly, I gut.  I set the body aside to cool down. Then, I pause a bit. I start thinking  about the mortal carcass. What did he think a moment ago, yesterday, last year? Did he want me to forgive him or ease his well-deserved punishment? I imagine him in various stages of life and in ordinary situations. Then I cover him in salt, wrap him in rags, drain the fat and press him, gradually and carefully, to avoid breaking any bones, extracting all blood left in the meat. Next, I wash him repeatedly to remove the salt, and hang him in a dark, well-ventilated room. The surrounding air is paramount for the final quality of the prosciutto. I wait patiently. After he is completely dry, I slice and eat him.

A 74.5 kg (164 lbs), 5.2 meter (17 ft) burmese python discovered in the Everglades was found carrying 87 eggs. The eggs weighed a total of 40 kilos. The burmese species has adapted to the Florida ecosystem and is reproducing at an alarming rate. The Greek Gorgones were said to have 100 snakes in their hair. Eventually, a single snake in Florida will be able to carry 100 eggs. As temperatures rise, the climate will soon allow the the pythons to move inland, colonizing the continental United States, ushering in an age of the Gorgones.

Without Title is a direct translation of Jedenje Bogova (trans. Theophagia), a diary of a chief officer at the Jasenovac concentration camp, that describes various experiments aimed at cracking Croatian anti-fascists and communist collaborators. The diary was published independently by Goran Cuckovic in 1982, re-igniting the tensions between Serbian and Croatian populations in Yugoslavia. It was one of the most sought after books in the late 1980s, and it was reprinted five times. After looking for the book for almost ten years, I finally acquired it online, from a Croatian collector.  I am not interested in the authenticity of the book’s content. The power that it exerted upon the Serbian public imagination was so immense it begat equally gruesome acts, auto-propagating, writing the next chapter. In 1991, the Yugoslav civil war started. Quotes from the book were printed on Serbian banners during Srebrenica and Vukovar killings.

The entire text is presented as a one large print mounted horizontally on a table top (the entire text, with translation break notations). The table surface of the print is coated in silver particles (scratch-off paint). Initially the surface appears to be a minimal matte gray/silver monochrome. The table is covered with an acrylic case hosting a medium size boa constrictor. As it moves in the case, the snake scratches the gray off, revealing the text in the spots where it rubs the print surface most frequently.

WIthout Title, snake, porcelain cartridge, table, 2012, at Alderman Exhibitions.

 

VARIOUS INSTANCES OF A NEGLIGIBLE MISTAKE (2011)

Photographic series

Started at the Belgrade Institute for the Clinically Insane, this work portrays non responsive patients whose illness was attributed to the 1990’s wars in the Balkans. The images are manipulated to create surrealist “floating heads”, or phantasmagoric balls of lightning, citing the portraits of the insane and guillotined heads by Théodore Géricault. The portraits are harmnized with instances of architectural exception and imperfection as indexed by Danil Kharms and inforced by instances of insanity lingering in the memory of lanscapes.

Various Instances of A Negligible Mistake, Garden, archival inkjet print, 30x43in

 

INFINITY, THE ANSWER TO ALL QUESTIONS (2011)

38 min LP, edition of 40

Sonic affect, absorption, and physical aspects of sound inscription motivate video works like Djinn & Tonic (2011). A narrative inspired by Hofstadter’s Little Harmonic Labyrinth, cybernetic black box, and the dizzying atonal structures, was pressed into an 12 inch record, with a labyrinth etched on one side. Titled Infinity, the Answer to all Questions, the recording served as a soundtrack for the video, a high definition photographic tableau, made up from all the objects comprising the narrative. As the story unfolds, the objects are rearranged slightly, the record needle traverses a labyrinth, making the record skip every time the needle goes over the etched labyrinth wall.

Djinn & Tonic, video still, 2k Video with stereo record sound, 38 min

 

HERE COMES THE DARKNESS (2011)

Exhibition

In Here Comes The Darkness photographic, sculptural and video works were housed in a collapsible labyrinth structure organized around the Minotaur, a sculpture that responds to electrostatic charge. At the center of the black minimal object, comprised entirely of metal-coated audio tape, resided a Van de Graaf generator, producing an charge that is distributed by visitors moving though the sculpture. In this process, electrostatics animated and distorted the sculpture itself, paralleled by an audio transmission that is generated by the charge. Like the minotaur in Greek mythology, the piece is lingering with potential, made visceral through the skin. Mountains Will Give, Photographic works designed for the Minotaur, act as portals, diagrams, and apparitions that repeat throughout the sections of the structure and foreshadow the video works within. The entire exhibition fits within one standard shipping container (2,390 ft³).

Intallation view 1, 2011

 

RUN SILENT RUN DEEP (2011)

Protocol for architectural structures

This protocol constructs semi-permanent roof facades rendering the buildings hosting them invisible, playing dead, or posing as other architectural entities. High resolution roof camouflage prints are constructed from GeoEye (used by the U.S. Government) and NASA SRTM (used for Google Earth) imaging typologies, blending the structures into their surrounding landscape. Each imaging cycle thus provides an opportunity for further reconstruction and remapping in one of the following three scenarios: the structure disappears by blending into the surrounding environment (chameleon); it takes on a different identity adopted from another architectural structure (mockingbird); or it poses as a destroyed or dead version of itself (possum). Architectural structures of interest to this project are buildings that suffer from identity crisis, in need to disappear and establish a certain mode of representational refusal, to hide, or to protect themselves.
Since 2012 Run Silent Run Deep is developing a periphery of minor scale accessories: digital camera-proof pins and metalized fabric garments that allow smaller monuments, objects and individuals to be covered becoming impervious to night photography and drone surveillance.

Garden protocol for JDP (air), Belgrade, 2012

 

GESTURE GUILD (2010)

Minor Occult Bureaucracy

The League of Dark Departments have joined forces in forming the Gesture Guild, a bureau for the recovery and acquisition of lost gestures. The Gesture Guild aims to return and reinforce the primordial anxieties responsible for head-bending weight and other liquid spiraling disasters, topical and tropical.
The public, inflicted with recession-based involuntary movement, nervous twitches, and ticks, due to the loss of solid surfaces and time-space incongruity, can join various Guild programs in search of gravitational re-calibration.

FOLLOW ME SAILORS!

WHOEVER TOLD YOU

THERE IS NO TRUE, 
FAITHFUL

AND ETERNAL SEA?

MAY HIS BLISTERING TONGUE BE CUT OUT!

FOLLOW ME, MY SAILORS, AND ONLY ME,

AND I WILL SHOW YOU SUCH A SEA!

Gesture Guild, poster and billboard, 19x25 in and 20x26 ft

 

SAILORS SING SUICIDE SONGS (2010)

Score

The refrain of this song is derived from a Communist youth work song, a parody on Romeo and Juliet, ridiculing the bourgeois notion of love. The strophes are disasters, topical and tropical, devoted to the survival of SS Patria II carrying the International Congress of Modern Architecture in the Summer of 1933 from Marseille to Athens and back. During the last night of the voyage a terrible storm made the vessel lose control. The sea swamped the deck. To avoid capsizing, the ship gave up and let the gale decide its course. If it had sunk, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, Kurt Seligmann, Christian Zervos and Van Eesteren would have drowned, among others. This song is ideally to be performed while collectively performing physical labor or in a Eastern-European-grand-hotel-like ballroom. The work formations and the ballroom sailor choir should assume symmetrical choreography opposite the viewer. The performer’s voices, drums and clothes should be symmetrical. If there is an uneven number of performers, remove the extras, or position them in the center. The drum score is included in the score notes, so that the listener can play or sing along. The pdf below contains the score booklet.

Singalong Video, 2009

 

DECAPITATION INDEX (2009)

Newspaer archive

This index is a Swiss Weltformat-size archive of narratives re-telling the deaths of conceptualism's greats as ongoing Serbian narco-mafia assassination and retaliations. The text creates a serial killing spree/gang war aimed at the white men of minimal and conceptual art (Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Joseph Beuys, Sol LeWitt...) prior to their arrival to the opening of the first major international survey of conceptual art When Attitudes Become Form curated by Harold Szeeman for Kunsthalle Berne in 1969.

Decapitation Index: Death of Donald Judd, weltformat book, page 2, 128 x 90.5cm

 

ALL CLASSIFICATIONS WILL LOSE THEIR GRIDS (2009)

Projection for public facades

Projection for external media facades and giant black projection rooms. Initially conceived as a neon manifesto, Night of the World broadcasts a comforting voice of passion from the dead of darkness.

 

 

INTERMISSION (2008)

2008-ongoing

This screening program is designed for theater audiences. Prior to the screening, visitors are given a numbered program. The audience is seated, an attendant announces the intermission, and the program begins. The audience sees a real time mirror image of itself on the projection screen. A line of drummers is seated in the first row. Subtitles (lines) are superimposed via a max patch, numbered, so that the audience members read them out loud as their number appears on the screen. They enact a film designed for theater audiences and a variety theater on stage (a smash product narrative of Marinetti’s Theatre of Surprise and the Black Magic Act in Bulgakov's Master and Margarita) resulting in the chaos of revolution. The audio is collected and layered for a separate work, an echo chamber, where the sonic crowd grows with each consecutive screening. The recording serves as an accumulation site, a repeated rhythmic framework, for bringing revolutionary imagination back to life.

Intermission, performance still, silent drum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2008

 

MUSIC HAS NO MERCY (2007)

Album cover, sculpture group

A project for the sludge metal band the Melvins, a double LP cover for an exhibit curated by Bod Nickas. The cover was etched into black aluminum and manipulated by the Melvins during their performance at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles by a pile of amplifiers strong enough to bend the metal (the sound and kicks crumpled the aluminium sheet). The remainder was scanned for the  Melvins  to create an LP based on the names constructed for the tracks.  The names were etched on the drawing’s grid: BRAIN, BLOOD, BLOOMS.

Music Has No Mercy, double LP cover, chalk on black aluminium, 12x24 in, 2007

 

DORMITORY (2007)

Sleep event

A parallel track record with random track selections, titled On Being Buried Alive, broadcasts a fractured and disoriented narrative timeline. It is used as a sleep program narrative. Since 2007, a physical dormitory for fifteen people has been produced and can be sent to any venue for a sleep event.  Upon requets, bankets, pillows and military sleep mats are shipped to the project site and announced through a set of instructional posters.  The package also supplies the parallel-track narrative, The Oath overhead slide, and a light owl extension for the record player projecting the night skies. The audience gatheres, occupies the dormitory, the lights are turned off and the program plays to lull them to sleep. This work is ideal for war and natural disaster emergency evacuation sites. The record player can be powered by a hand crank to avoid wasting any emergency generator power.

The Oath, 2006, ceiling size light-box, dimensions variable

 

DIABOLIAD (2007)

Score, ash on frenchpaper, inkjet ash print

This score was created for dark caves and working mines. Designed to test the limits of the french horn instrument, this work can be performed only by Giovanni Punto, Dennis Brain and Barry Tuckwell in its entirety. Since it requires two resurrections (Brain and Punto) Diaboliad stipulates a Faustian pact. The editions are printed with ash cartridge and once the score dries,  it is smeared each time it is touched, staining the hands of the reader black.

Score Group, ISU, installation view, 2011

 

FAILURE OF VISIBLE UNIVERSE (2006)

silkscreen on aluminum cinefoil

This work, conceived as a ongoing collaboration with University of Chicago Department of Astrophysics, functions as an annual index of all galaxies imploding since the work was first exhibited in 2006.  Especially pertinent in a time of recession and disaster, recently the editions were developed into personal one-offs, where annual editions can be ordered corresponding the year of worst personal failure by the person purchasing the work.  The edition is sent flat and crumpled into a pile by the collector and hidden away to gather dust and ruin.

Failure Of Visible Universe, detail, edition for 2005