BORIS+NATASCHA | Meditations #1-5 (2007)

Video Installation

Collaboration with Australian artist Natascha Stellmach.
More on www.borisandnatascha.com.

ACP SYDNEY > DEICHTORHALLEN HAMBURG > PICA PERTH > FRIDERICIANUM KASSEL > BIENNALE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN LE HAVRE > ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL

INSTALLATION SPECS

5 single-channel video installations with sound, each around 6:30 minutes duration, 2007:
5 x DVD players and monitors, 10 x headphones, 5 x green switches, 5 bench seats, 5 fabric booths, black paint,
4 meta-narrative framed photographs, ‚Relax into Fear‘ T-Shirts.

 

CONCEPT

A series of five videos, Meditations #1-5 is a twisted re-imagining of self-help guided visualisations, albeit with a slightly more sinister bent. The work is inspired by the wrathful deities of Buddhism and plays on western society’s increasing obsession with fear.
While visualisations of this kind usually lead the viewer into the light, Meditations #1-5 welcomes us into a darker realm of self-doubt, anxiety, paranoia, angst and panic attacks. Shrouded in darkness and wearing headphones, the viewer actively chooses to start the video by pressing a green switch. The stylized, single-cut, fixed camera view shows a main character in their environment. This is combined with a hypnotic voiceover and a dark, contemplative score by composer David Parsons. The viewer is then lulled through a series of relaxation techniques to end up in a worst case scenario. It remains ambiguous whether the narrations stem from the character’s internal voice or speak to them. This is anti-relaxation for tough times.

 

Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear. (Pema Chodron)

 

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AWARD

The Partouche Award for Experimental Short Film to Meditations #1 as part of the Second Biennial of Contemporary Art in Le Havre, France on June 21, 2008.

 

INSTALLATION VIEWS

Meditations #1-5 at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia / Biennale of Electronic Arts (2007):
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Meditations #1-5 at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia / Biennale of Electronic Arts (2007):
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BORIS+NATASCHA’s ‚RELAX INTO FEAR‘ T-Shirts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2007):

Meditations #1-5 at Fridericianum Kassel, Germany / Dokfest (2008):
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REVIEWS

It’s enough to put me off yoga for a month.
DAN MACKINLAY, Realtime #82 Australia, 2007

With a penchant towards black humour, this artist duo investigates the human condition in western society.
SUSANNE JACOBCZYK, Curator Kunstverein Kassel, 2008

BORIS + NATASCHA share a fascination with language and the discrepancy of diverse perspectives, which might have come straight from a Chandler novel.
MIKE STUBBS, Director FACT Liverpool, BEAP 07 Catalogue, 2007

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BORIS+NATASCHA installing Meditations #1-5, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2007