Pavilion of Croatia at the 56th International Art exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
The project conceived for the Pavilion of Croatia expands the poetics of Damir Očko’s last two films, TK (2014) and The Third Degree (2015). Both films question the social constraints imposed on the body as a physical and social being, while inquiring the underlying norms inherent to our societies.
Filmed through an installation of broken mirrors that also reflect the crew filming, the texture of the skin becomes almost an abstract element.
The term “Third Degree” has a double significance in the English language: it is a way to classify a burn of a very strong degree, but it can also signify a process of extorting a confession under violence.
The Third Degree reflects the creative process and its ethics, pushing the envelope on how art can render such topics.
Especially here, there is some kind of a Brechtian movement, which reveals the seen and the unseen, the role of the viewer as an active witness, as well as the team while filming.
By including the context of the film set, The Third Degree reveals what is usually hidden from sight and thus integrates the viewer into the artistic development.
Study on shivering no.5
Sound installation with the sound of chattering teeth, custom made speakers, amplifier, DVD players, 2014-15
In TK, two types of scenes collide together. First one follows the hands on an old man who suffers from Parkinson's disease, initiating a core lines of the poem in a written form.
This man tirelessly attempts to write a sentence which begins; “In Tranquility…” Each time after the line has been set on paper by his shaky hand, second set of images takes over.
There, the camera follows a group of young men enduring the harsh winter, bare and naked. Shivering muscles, skin and limbs in their attempts to remain tranquil while the camera slowly observes how easily things fall apart.
Calmness decaying and bodies are left with a very little control. It is exactly this idea of slowly loosing the control that adds to the political significance of the whole work.
Each scene further hosts a part of a poem spoken in correlation to the shivering, hence turning the bodies on the screen into a vessel for poem, sounds, voices and meanings.
Pavilion of Croatia at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale
“Studies on Shivering: The Third Degree”
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Nevena Tudor Perković
Production manager and coordinator:
AVinstal, Dejan Čuljat, Igor Siuc
The project is financed by
the Ministry of Culture of
the Republic of Croatia
- “Hrvatska kuća - Croatia House“ Foundation
- Tiziana Di Caro Gallery, Naples
Neven Vranković, Atlantic Grupa
Jasmina Bavoljak, Branka Benčić, Ana Dana Beroš, Nada Beroš, Matija Bošnjaković, Diego Carpentiero, Maja Cepetić, Ivan Cizelj,
Tiziana Di Caro, Alessia Evangelista, Feđa Hudina, Jasna Jakšić, Anja Mamić, Ana-Maria Milčić, Maša Milovac, Tihomir Milovac, Patrizia Nicolai, Jan Pavlović, Barbara Španjol Pandelo, Danilo Zambon, Maja Zeman