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2009 – 0,43 (video project)

The first video called “5 minute handshake” (6`53“) is based on concept of time. Again artist is trying through series of experiments to test how humans sense the time with its limits (time units). Two characters are standing in a neutral environment and the task for them is to shake hands during five minutes of period. They have to sense themselves the limit of five minutes, but after carrying on the test for several times, the time limit always was couple of minutes after the limit. Which also puts us against very strange fact- why can’t the people without clock know the correct time? If time is constantly ruling our lives and constantly are we involved with our everyday tasks with it, why people tend to exceed the time limit? One answer can be that new generation is pushing the limits of time, is trying to achieve more and more and often we get caught again in “the circle” of life, which is being stressed and limited every step of the way. As one politician once said- “our clocks determine our mortality” it is true- without knowledge of minutes, hours, days, months etc we would be in our mind immortals, but as we know the time frames which are put on our lives, we are constantly being drawn into a circle of life with its start and the ending.

5 minute handshake from Maarit Murka on Vimeo.

The second video called “TASTE” (2`30“) is connected with the painting called “TASTE”. As the video is about the painting being “licked”, Maarit Murka is testing the fact if physically and chemically licking Your creation can damage or to improve the creator. During several consultations with doctors it was proven that oil colour is not harmful for persons, but the fact that perfect, ideal photo realistic painting of Maarit Murka was “destroyed” by the artist herself, can be firstly disturbing for artist, but also for audience. The process doesn’t seem normal, but according to the artist, the only way to determine something, indeed is through natural experiments- direct contact of creation and creator.

Taste from Maarit Murka on Vimeo.

The third video is called “Black humour” (0`43“) and is Kasimir Malevits, whose most famous work is probably painting of Black Square. In this video performance artist used the modern idea of motion image (video) to bring to audience the work of Malevits on video and to close the idea with time frame, by connecting it to famous number 0,43- this is numeral value of Murka’s concept for the exhibition. As You can see the time is very important in creation, the symbols connecting different works can be brought together by modern possibilities and can be more enjoyable for the audience. Or more unpleasant.

Black humour from Maarit Murka on Vimeo.

Black humour from Maarit Murka on Vimeo.
Fourth video project called “TASTE II” (2`04“) is extension of first video “TASTE”.

Taste II from Maarit Murka on Vimeo.