They cross into the dark land. Once inside the void, the horses panic and the soldiers scatter. They wander hopelessly, for days. Suddenly a voice sounds in the dark, ageless, clear, and light:
“If you take anything from this land you will regret it!
If you take nothing from this land you will regret it!”
A two-part project, presented as parallel exhibitions at the Renaissance Society and the14th Istanbul Biennial, Seductive Exacting Realism is an excursion into the deep waters of revolutionary desire and high stakes event planning on a world stage, where questions regarding political efficacy, complicity, and the limits and potential of art rise up from the depths.
After being designed and tested by the Borovo female workforce and an orthopedic surgeon, the shoe was institutionalized for 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 In the declining years of Yugoslav communism the model was withdrawn from mass production. Fabrication was abandoned when Vukovar became a major Yugoslav war zone in 1991.
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 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 formally splitting to this day. With every new step Yugoslavia persists (insists).
"I set the body aside to cool down. Then, I pause. 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 suffering? I imagine him in various stages of life and in everyday situations. 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 the blood left in the meat. Next, I wash him repeatedly to remove the salt, hook and hang him in a dark, well-ventilated room. The surrounding air is paramount to the final quality of the prosciutto. I wait patiently. After he is completely dry, I slice and eat him."
A dossier and translation of Jedenje Bogova (When Gods Eat Themselves), the disputed diary of the chief officer at the WWII concentration camp Jasenovac. Published independently in Yugoslavia by Goran Cuckovic in 1983, this book was reprinted five times and became highly sought after in the mid 1980s. In 1995, some of the quotes from this text were printed on Serbian paramilitary banners in Srebrenica. Translated and augmented by Irena Haiduk on the occasion of the exhibition “Night of the World” (2013), this text was integrated into a group of related works.
The performance of this song inaugurated the The Gesture Guild (2010), an occult consultancy preparing visitors for the moment when factory wages equalize in the First and Third Worlds.
The Endarkments have joined forces in forming the Gesture Guild, a bureau for the recovery and acquisition of voluntary gestures. The public, afflicted with recession-based involuntary movement due to the loss of solid surfaces and time-space incongruity, can join garment manufacturing programs in search of preparation techniques for wage equalisation.
The texts create a tabloid killing spree/gang war, unfolding before and shortly after the artists’ arrival in Switzerland for the opening of the first major international survey of Conceptual art, “Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form,” curated by Harald Szeemann for Kunsthalle Bern in 1969.
The design was etched into a black aluminium leaf and effected by a pile of amplifiers during the band's performance at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles. The aluminium sheet was crumpled by the force of the sound itself and kicked by the band members during the performance. The result was scanned for an LP cover with the following track names: BRAIN, BLOOD, BLOOMS.
Designed to test the limits of the french horn instrument, this score 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 Satanic pact. The original score is printed with inkjet ash and each time it is touched, it smears, staining the hands of the reader black.