ID Officers

2019, multi-media installation, various sizes

 

The installation is composed of the three tables in the different sections of the exhibition
space. Each table holds a thread of the initial archival materials used for the production of the
final video essay. The tables are marked by letters:

a. (Dissection)
b. (Recasting)
c. (Confession)

 

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igor.sevcuk@gmail.com

 

My Frenchness @ the Third Table

2019, HD video, color, sound, 26'10''

 


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The video essay - My Frenchness @ The Third Table - opens with the municipality officials issuing the new identity documents at the improvised location in the occupied Netherlands. Some of the captured persons are gazing at the camera. This scene is now dissected and extended to reconnect with a 'confessional' voice-over of a contemporary artist in the identity crisis.

 

online video: https://vimeo.com/351446404

password: confession

 

This video is a sketch for the long-term research that teases following issues:

- collaboration and resistance during an occupation by a foreign power
- dialectics between an oppressed and dominant culture
- confused class position of 'modern' art producer (after Rilke's Notebooks)
- deregulated/flex work vs. political life (after Hannah Arendt)
- dynamics between model/actor & artist/film director relating to broader art history

 

The current essay is a dialectical montage of multiply quotations:

Thierry Baudet, Liberated from any Destination, 2018
Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project, work-in-progress, 1940
Julia Kristeva, 'The Example of France' in Hannah Arendt, 1999
Jean-Luc Godard, Passion, 1982
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Sampling Officials, 1662
Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, 1910