RAN SLAVIN

Everything Is Urgent (2009)

 
Everything Is Urgent
 
Video installation HD, 4:22 min, PAL, 4:3, color, sound, 2009
Projection or 4 monitors
 
“Is it not first through the voice that one becomes animal?”  
Gilles Deleuze, Mille plateaux

 
Everything is Urgent confronts us with human figures whose voices are replaced by ferocious barks of dogs. Each figure was given a growling “voice” of its own, perfectly synchronized to the extent that it virtually becomes its own, enabling a bark at the camera, at an invisible viewer-addressee. The work presents the entire spectrum between the beastly and the human via action that cross-breeds man and dog. This violent hybridization, a type of audiovisual collage, surrenders no explanation; it merely faces us with the hybrid creature, reducing kaleidoscopic existence to total presence which exists outside language, outside signification. There is nothing to understand here. The viewer is forcefully introduced to a situation of “fight or flight,” in which the only possible judgment call is based on survival: how to respond to an antagonistic situation. This extremely direct work shifts the philosophical reference to Self-Other relationship (e.g. Martin Buber’s I and Thou), since we confront the other directly, eye to eye, yet remain unable to understand his “language.” The work proposes forced liberation from a fundamental human element, language.
(an extract of text by Drorit Gur Arie)

Participating: Mami Shimazaki, Yuval Robichek, Yeara Moses, Guy behar

 

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