Tanja Ostojic. Personal Space, 1996–98.
Personal Space has been first
performed at Biennale of
Young Yugoslavian artists in
Vrsac in 1996. It is the static
sound and video material.
Performed on the occasion of
Manifesta 2 European Biennial
of Contemporary Art, inside
the Elevator of the Musee d’
Histoire de la Ville de
Luxembourg (City Museum of
Luxemburg), June 26- 28, 1998,
for one hour on each day.
In the large elevator, I had placed a square of non-affixed white marble
powder in which I stood, with my head and body shaved and covered
in marble dust. The audience was able to use the elevator as usual
(pressing the buttons on the control board, entering and exiting at
the desired level), or to remain in it for as long as they wished, given
my performance. Thus, the audience could see me only in a static
position in the chosen space.
After the performance, the elevator went back into regular use,
carrying the sound that marked the space. Composer, V. Radonjic,
created for me sound that describes silence. This gentle, anxious
sound-landscape was able to reflect my perturbed soul. The viewing
of the performance Personal Space was possible for the duration of
MANIFESTA 2 with the use of existing museum equipment for
transmission of documentary video: liquid crystal display monitors on
each floor of the museum, next to the elevator.
The dynamic of this work is interior, above all. Communication with a
viewer who then automatically becomes a participant carries along
with it an unbelievably strong and deep exchange of energy. As for
me, this moment is followed by a gentle return to focus, with my
mental concentration allowing me to open up once again.
The presence of a huge number of people interrupts the intimacy of a
one-to-one relationship, bringing in more tension. This, in fact, heightens
the level of the concentration of energy in the space, which is why I chose
the glass elevator in Luxembourg. Thus, in creating this particular work, I
value above all my own inner experience, as well as that of my audience.
Tanja Ostojic, "Personal Space", 60 minutes performance / video, 1998
Copyright © Tanja Ostojic 1996-2009