Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

by Nika Oblak & Primoz Novak

 

Kinetic video installation Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? presents a situation of performer being caught inside the screen, walking endlessly as if he is spinning a giant wheel, but awkwardly enough spinning a rectangular, a 16 : 9 LCD monitor, a screen among countless screens, information boards, smart phones, which flood our contemporary existence. Unconventional device appears like perpetum mobile, but alludes to contemporary definition of a rat race, an endless, excessive or competitive work, a pointless pursuit without a purpose. The title of installation is taken after one of Gaugin’s final and iconic work D'ou Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Ou Allons Nous, painted in Tahiti. Like Gaugin’s painting the installation proposes a fundamental question where the world is headed. It is an introspect of human condition.

 

WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHAT ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? kinetic video installation, 55'' TV, metal construction with stepper motor, electronics, PC, 2019

(Co-produced by: MMC Kibla, Maribor, Slovenia; ACC_R Creators in Lab, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea; Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia).