THE FOOTPRINT IN THE PLACE
JANA JIRASKOVA – CZECH REPUBIC
MARKO KOSOVIĆ – MONTENEGRO
To be human is to live in a world that is filled with significant places: to be human is to know your place.
Through observation and documentation, Jana and Marko focus their attention on traffic, space, and density of people in the streets of Lendava. Their project is, therefore, responding to everyday inhabitation of places and their experience of this location. They reflect on these different kinds of behavior from a view of an outsider through a number of various works; proposing a different way of seeing a town.
An interactive drawing illustrates a physical city of roads, buildings, parks, and related infrastructure. The density of traffic and usage of cars is changing the face of the city. A decision of using a vehicle is in everyday life almost unconscious. The urban context is pinpointing four main places, Parking lots, main streets, by-streets, roundabouts/crossroads. Gathered information documents, but at the same time recreates into something more physical through the use of maps, drawings, and strings, which help to enhance this.
Spirit of the place goes beyond the built environment. A mosaic reflects how a town functions in ‘real-time’, in terms of everyday life. The main protagonists are people and their consciousness which is occupying a space in the given moment. It creates a new place, a conceptual one – A place is not just a location, it is an experience of it. A feeling is not just a response, it is an action.
A video describes a way of looking at the environment in Lendava. Using static video frames of nature, which is visually a major portion of the town, while alternately there are sounds of cars and traffic. This represents only a small excerpt of everyday life, suggesting and presenting a view of our unawareness, obvious of what is there and stays almost unnoticed.
The installation represents a connection to the place and simultaneously it is a point in a place. Four circles represent different relationships we unconsciously have to the places we inhabit. A location, non-place, private space, and nature. Each space is gaining its importance on our personal concept. Therefore the installation is representing a moment in an artist’s life, where the studio is an important space, but for each person, it could be different. In someone’s garden, living room, shop, office, woods, etc.
@ MiXER collaboration – MARCH 2015
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