FEAR IS MY GOD, part of A CAMEL IS A HORSE DESIGNED BY A COMMITTEE (ATTEMPTS AT REWRITING THE WOR(L)D – exhibition at the end of the XV Advanced Course in Visual Arts FAR, Palazzetto Tito and public spaces, Venice / 2009
wooden structure and panels, plasterboards
out: commercial city posters, glue, paint, 33 neon lights, video projection and sound, DVD loop of 8 min
in: 13 UV-lights, Marco's old cloths and shoes, colored straws, used condoms, sound system (mixer and a set of speakers with a sub woofer), ventilator, plastic, detergent and paint.
410 cm x 280 cm x 60 cm
Project got the Award of the Fourth Epson FAR Prize for artistic research as recognition for his artistic achievements.
I took the inspiration for this work from Kubrick’s Space Odyssey 2001 black monolith, because of its form and radiating sound. I intended to create a kind of a black box of contemporary society (which in the end became a self-portrait), a clean container on the outside, packed with many elements on the inside. In contrast to Kubrick’s monolith I wanted to make it white, imperfect and loud; the actual space in between, the linking element between self-expression and public image. The piece could be seen from all sides, but it created difficulties for the public; at the back, there where 33 neon lights creating a beautiful sight from afar, but once inside the room, it became unbearable. The audience could also go inside the box, but once they were inside, the sound became so strong it was impossible to stay. The smell created by large quantities of spilled detergent or annoying flickering of the UV–lights had the same effect.