This exhibition is a small mirror which captures a silhouette of disturbed position of art in contemporary environment. While profit rules and quick information flow is raping minds it’s difficult, more than ever, to define its role. Represented works show two different, parallel lines. One of them is a line of contemporary art which critically relates to a society, directly pointing to the problems and raising questions. And the other one is orientated to the internal logic of creative act, telling stories by means of formal features of used media. By making a distinction between these two lines i don’t have an intention to give priority to neither of them. Their existence has its causes and we have to deal with them.
Marina Marković in her video work “Chewing & Spitting” depicts eating disorder which is characterized by consumption without absorption. That is a trend that we are all affected by, living in society of global consumption and information overload. New state of mind, conditioned by new ways of life, definitely influences the communication between art and art consumers. How to reach up overloaded minds with blocked sense of hunger and how to transmit message to a mind who doesn’t want to swallow? Those questions unavoidable destabilize position of the artist forcing him to turn around like a sunflower chasing the new sun.
Further destabilization is represented in the video performance “I Dance Dance Dance” by Ivana Smiljanić. Playlists for those performances are made by people from a certain social contexts. This video brings the action which she made in New York and the playlist she is using is made by people from their local art scene. This brings us to a new topic – art world is closing itself and in many ways frustrating artists with its demands. Art market, trendy art concepts and curators’ affinities make strong flows which are often dragging individuals off their course.
Films of Miloš Tomić are the example of the other line i mentioned before, showing stable position of a “story teller”. In casual conversation Miloš told me that he doesn’t like to call himself an artist.