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THE IDEA’S TRIAL

35min 16sec (excerpt 9min 2sec)
1-Channel Video Installation / HD / Color / Sound / English
2014

In a stage-like setting, six men are placed next to each other in front of a dark curtain, reading from scripts. One of them acts as a narrator, describing a film-like setup, commenting on camera actions and the asserted acting of the other men. Together they represent members of a jury, trying to formulate a decision on a delicate case. With this the work gives reference to Reginald Roses chamber-play, The Twelve Angry Men, (1957). Here however, the same man, who speaks with different voices, performs all of the characters.

Their debate circles around the quality of an artistic idea: Is it worthy to be executed or not? Other crucial questions underlie the discussion: What influences an artist in deciding upon the quality of an idea? How much credit should be given to the advice of other people and ones own doubt? How explicit should a work be in consideration of a potential audience? And how to deal with the discrepancy of (monetary) value as it gets ascribed to an artwork-product in lieu of the creative process? Various concerns and criteria are submitted from the speakers, reflecting different approaches on how to reach a conclusion. During the debate, group dynamics lead to a shift in the votes but not to a final consensus. Rather it becomes apparent that all five voices represent the troubled mind of one artist alone. If and how he can make up his mind in the end is left to the imagination of the viewer.

This work is an installation placed within a dark room where the actors are shown in human proportion on one large screen. The chairs and the copies of the script from the work, for people to take with, are import- ant aspects of the final constellation of the work. This installation invites the viewer to be more involved in a more “physical” way in experiencing the work and at the same time allowing them to “free” their mindset from a cinematic context. By re-staging the work in this “expanded” screening, not only does the work become present, so does the viewer.

 

 








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