The Return of the Same is an atmospheric and abstract video installation, showing the sporadic shifts of space from darkness to visibility.
Using the visuality of media phenomena such as Youtube channels or TV programs, this exhibition deals with the endpoint of public mass media reach – the flow of light into physical space. When the element of information is deprived from the media, they transform into mere lightbulbs that emit light without any relations to the information itself, but conditioned by the logic of montage and substitution of images. Material dimension of an image/information in that point becomes a set of uneven beams of light which in fragmental form reveals space from obscurity.
The Return of the Same begins its path in reference to another exhibition – Glagoljica/Glagolitsa exhibition in Rijeka University Library.
This exhibition was designed by professor Branko Fučić and architect Igor Emili, opening its doors to the public way back in 1990, to this day remaining almost unchanged. Following the development of Glagolitic alphabet and displaying numerous carved and printed artifacts, exhibition witnesses the singularity of local culture. Apart from a few exceptions, all the exhibits are reproductions. In the context of numerous practices of reenactment or re-curation of exhibitions (for example, When Attitudes Become Form, Fodazione Prada, Biennale di Venezia 2013), the whole ambient of that sleeping exhibition after almost fifty years of its existence is getting a historical/cultural/esthetic dimension, which opens a possibility of its perception as a cultural phenomenon.
Exhibition trapped in time, that almost certainly outlived a great number of its primal visitors, in Eškinja’s video installation becomes a background confronted by a brief form of television image. Visitors have a chance to see the exhibition immersed into obscurity solely by the means of short flashes of light coming from the screen and reproducing a media image; as Boris Groys puts it in his essay About the New, “technologically produced image brigs its own light in the darkness of the museum space.”
Video installation The Return of the Same tries to talk about numerous meta-relations summed up in this abstract recording of light. By reproducing a historical material, installation becomes a reproduction of the space, as well as a reproduction of the media material that enables its visibility.
National Foundation for Civil Society Development, Kultura nova Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Rijeka – Department of Culture.
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