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The Boy with a Magic Horn

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HD video │ 15ʼ22” │ sound │ color │ 2007

“Great dream was about to be built, but something happened while we were awakening.”

Analogy used in “The Boy with a Magic Horn” and later in “The Age of Happiness” was that “somewhere” is a potential inscribed in the origin, a destination beyond the gap or, in the case of “The Boy with a Magic Horn”, the gap itself.

In a period of the political transition, Croatia has left behind one of its biggest projects, University hospital that would occupy almost 250 000 m2. The Hospital was planed out in the late 70ʼs and was being built through the 80ʼs, but was never finished. Now days the building is stuck in the place and time, somewhere between what it was, what it should be and what it is. Cinematic vision brings us inside the ghost architecture. Through the enigmatic play in ʻThe Boy With a Magic Hornʼ the characters bare very specific content taken from ʻThe Ring of Nibelungʼ but simultaneously they are filled with emptiness which they take over from the space. In that sense, their costumes exist as an organic extension of the nonexistent architecture of the never-finished Zagreb University Hospital. The protagonists become part of the architecture, superstructure above the vacuum of a story of failure.