Alter Scrinium. Exhibition of video and documentary «Zhachev’s declaration» 2010
Under Discussion
  • Director: Allora & Calzadilla (Puerto Rico)

    An artistic duet of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. Jennifer and Gullermo have been working together since 1995. Today they live and work in Puerto Rico. They are ones of the most famous authors engaged in topical political issues, including problems of international relations an globalization. Participants of many international projects, including 7th Gwangji Biennale (2008), Istanbul Biennale (2007) and 51st Venice Biennale.

Puerto Rico,  2005,  6 min.
Alter Scrinium. Exhibition of video and documentary «Zhachev’s declaration»

At a glance, it is an ironic and absurd video. A young man uses a wooden table, as a boat, setting an ordinary outboard motor. Having finished the arrangements, he goes to a sea voyage around the tropical island. The camera focuses on him, and then the audience sees the bird`s eye view of the wonderful landscape somewhere in the Caribbean Sea. Ultimately, the extraordinary boat docks to the unknown shore. Under discussion is a part of an interdisciplinary project devoted to the identification of borders, and, in particular, to the determination of various objects, as forms of implementation of political power. The point of departure for artistic research was one of the islands close to Puerto Rico, which for 60 years was used by the Navy of the United States as a proving ground for missile testing. In 2003, after numerous public statements, the military was forced to leave the island. However, the status of this unique natural site has not been determined. Artists, in some ironic way, criticize the notion of consensus, and the phenomenon of multilateral negotiations itself, using the table as a standard symbol of these procedures. Obviously, a system of non-violent conflict resolution, despite its idealized model often represents a process resembling the theatrical action. Modern government institutions have turned into some kind of endless performances, there is only one way to the break out - committing a kind of irrational gesture.