(2011) Walk on Water

 Dom omladine Gallery, Belgrade 2011.

 

The starting point presented in these works is landscape captured in a broader sense. Landscape is a part of nature greatly impacted by man – he alters it, adjusts it to himself, and often uncontrollably destroys it. Moving through a landscape, man connects to nature. In my works, I start with movement, which creates the landscape.

 

The exhibit is realized in the medium of interactive light installation. Movement both within and out of the gallery space is transformed and generates dynamic images. In translating movement into an abstract image I use water, mirrors, various mechanisms and the mobile radar P15. Water as fluid material spills, drips, creates waves, reflects light and behaves like an optical prism. The image achieved through projecting light both on the surface and through the water represents a reflection that dynamically changes along with the motions and interactions of the public.

 

The dynamic of movement, represented through the interactive bicycle ride in the piece Mobile Landscape, creates an artificial impression of a landscape. The person engaged in the interaction has an impression of moving through an abstract structure of a landscape that is fully dependent on the dynamics of his movement.

 

Nucleus 2 is a vitrage sculpture made of mirrors, which is placed in an aquarium. This sculpture in the shape of a sphere is balanced to the specific weight (or density) of the water so that it is suspended in it. When pushed by hand, the sphere rotates around its axis continuously for up to half an hour. By moving through space the reflected light creates its own chaotic cosmology.

 

 

 

Walk on water

 

Today, various control models regulate human movements and behaviors. An example of movement control that was the main inspiration in shaping the work “Walk on Water” is the mobile radar P 15, by which human movement is controlled in a radius of 16km. Similar radar systems are used by military and police throughout the world in border control, airports, other significant facilities, and it is used in direct military conflict.

 

This radar can detect different types of motion: vehicles, persons walking, running or crawling. The signal emitted by the radar moves like sound – each object it contacts gives off certain changes and jumps in the signal. Different types of movement give off different changes in the signal, which are perceived and detected by this radar.

 

The signals I used in this piece are taken from testing radar models at military polygons, highways and surrounding landscapes. Movement that is perceived in the radar’s travels through various landscapes is transmitted to coordinates and points on the monitor, or in the case of my work, it is transmitted in water drips. Water droplets are controlled and transferred to the size of the pool in which they drip, in the arrangement of lit points on a radar monitor. Thus, human movement, or walking is transferred to the oscillations on the surface of the water and creates a projected image of waves.

 

The title “Walk on water” is taken from the idea existing in Christianity from the exodus of Jews from Egypt and the Red Sea Crossing. The idea of passing through water, which in Christianity has religious implications, in today’s world of political control of movements and migrations of populations, takes on new meanings.

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