Stories from the Island (2018)

Instalation with sound, found objects, found images printed on transparent paper.

Speakerka: Taja Lesjak Šilak

Guests at the radio show/ Gostje oddaje: Nataša Rogelja, Mihael Novak, Nina Goropečnik, Luka Tomažič, Tajda Novšak, Ambrož Mikelj, Tina Ivančir, Natalija Kosmač in Jerneja Mavželj.

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” The narrative developed in her work Stories from the Island is completely fabricated and explores the possibilities of building a collective image through improvised stories. The artist invited speakers from various fields to participate and speak in a radio talk show, interviewing them as if they had really visited a fictional island. The image of the island is constantly changing through their stories, and the stories are constantly crossing the line between truth and fiction. The work revolves around an empty center, a fictional story, a myth that always produces new lies in the project and builds the work’s complex world that exists only as a projection.

But because we are in the field of art, this projection is very real and anchors the fictional body of the work in reality. The place of the island really does exist now, no matter how transient and intangible it may be. It is even surrounded by a huge amount of new facts, material and text, and at the same time it is built by the ideas and thoughts of a multitude of experts, viewers, artists and curators who all think about the work. In this way, the work no longer speaks only of a fictional site at its center, but also of itself and its own place in the institution of art, built and affirmed through coincidence with already existing discursive formats.”

curator text by Urška Aplinc avaliable here

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“ Med plovbo po severnih morjih se na obzorju med oblaki izriše podoba Otoka z goro Geenberg*. Točna lokacija Otoka ni povsem znana, dostop nanj pa je omejen. Pomanjkanje informacij in ne poznavanje področja sproža številne interpretacije in govorice… “

S pogovorno oddajo Zgodbe z Otoka raziskujem možnosti kolektivne gradnje podobe preko improviziranih zgodb. K pogovoru povabim ljudi z različnih področji delovanja ter jih prosim, da se v svoji pripovedi umestijo na Otok. Podoba Otoka se tako nenehno spreminja, zgodbe prehajajo med resnico in fikcijo.

*Geenberg [ɣeɪnbɛrx] prevod: gora, ki je ni.

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