The video work "simulating dualism" processes the form of a multi-layered, mutually caused relationship between the virtual/simulated and the actual/original. By constructing a row which cyclically proliferates: performance, video, performance, video, the values and formats of the performer's actual environment are conflicting with the interface of the video work. The author communicates through the performative gesture with his own projection on the wall, repeats previously recorded movements, attempts to mimic the projection/copy, but just as well to provoke incoherency, to discredit the course of it's narration. Through an almost poetic relationship, the author and his projection push to the front in the form of a metaphor which aims at the contemporary relationship between the "self" as the present and the "self" as the constructed, described, and dependent within the environment of digital media. Built through decades, such a relationship loses it's original shocking, repulsive and instinctive form - rejoicing upon the loss of reference, and thus ripening frees itself from anxiety and moves toward a new relationship, which is an optimistic play and questioning of the utter limits of integration, a quietly accepted one.

„Self imaging” is a continuation of examining the relationship between the popularly described, the performance as "representation” and video as "simulacrum" media, that began with the work "simulating dualism”. Artist through a video projection multiplies performances recorded from the same point of view in different time intervals, and with each new projection-performance evoke coherency with the past one, going to four repetitions. Visual narrative between different layers, with its ritual features describes the relation between artist body and his digital reproduction into fetishistic level. In the domain of theoretical traditions, the work is an illustration of the current shift from Baudrillard’s “anxiety of simulacrum” in direction to now and practical revision of Plato’s real/imaginary, that starting from Freud through Lacan, Deleuze and Guattari.

  • Medium: Video
  • Year: 2009-2010
  • Duration: 00:03:55; 00:04:39