FRONT(A) / audio-video installation

Technique: Video FullHD, colaugue manipulated image
Duration: 9:44' loop

Work Front(a) is a spatial installation with a small video screen, placed on the floor in darkened room. Dimensions of the screen are 25 cm by 14 cm and it shows miniature figures marching in a column like some kind of parade. In the corners of the room are placed speakers that amplify the sound of this column.

Photo documentation
Set-up in SC Gallery (opening evening), Zagreb, Croatia



Photo documentation
Set-up in SC Gallery (opening evening), Zagreb, Croatia

Video documentation
Set-up in SC Gallery (opening evening), Zagreb, Croatia


Text from catalogue

New Manipulations in an Isolated Space

At his solo exhibition in the SC Gallery, Goran Škofić, one of the most interesting video-artists of a younger generation, exhibits only one work; his new video-installation, as a continuation of his artistic explorations from the series of works at his last solo exhibition White. In this new project he uses some of the elements from the previous series of works and deals with them in a visual, conceptual and spatial sense. In a wider context, these elements are also a continuation of his explorations from earlier works, like the series of works Corpus. These include self-representation, positioning and multiplication of his own character, repetition, manipulation, absurd and a game. However, Fronta brings about somewhat different relations. This exhibition is more focused on the exhibition space and perception of the observer. In this work, my wish was to put a video work in a spatial context and thus play with the observer’s perception and contrast of spatial relations; big-small, Goran points out.

Ambience, spatial organization of the video projection, and especially its audio elements, are the key elements of the new work, in which the artist focuses on the intensity of the experience. The formative elements can be found in crossing the visual borders and frame of the artwork, the ones relating to the spatial disposition, as well as the more active incorporation of sound as an important formative element. More attention is devoted to sound in Fronta. Sound is not merely something that accompanies the projected images, but it has a more important role in forming an invisible sensory volume of the space of the work, audio-visual environment experienced as a unit.

White is the phase in my work that describes experimenting with a pure naked body (without the influence of the background), claims Goran Škofić. In this work as well, Škofić reaches for an already tested method of using his own character. By using black and white image and hybrid sound, we follow the images of army and soldiers, row, parade, images that flow continuously, passing through the frame, representing a mass of uniform bodies as a representation of power. Artist’s body is multiplied, dressed in a conventional dark suit of a serious yuppie, without some specific identity characteristics. The work shows an ordinary man who becomes a sort of corporation by multiplying, continues the author.

One character, then two, then the whole army marching as a river of multiplied characters, and their permutation, are the basic model that constitutes the action. Those series of repetitive monotonous actions with small transformations take place within a simple geometry of the frame. Action takes place on the white rectangular background. Camera is fixed above the protagonist, from bird’s eye view, from above, giving an overall view, in which the man, isolated from the environment, outside the context of reality, is represented as a graphic symbol on an idle background in a hybrid time. Signs of an objective world have been abolished in order to emphasize the repetitive action. Audio-visual record emphasizes this repetitiveness of individual movements and action in general. We use it to see the artificiality of the scene, its continuous character, as the image of the world devoid of coordinates of reality.

Branka Benčić