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TK

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4k transferred to full HD video │ 19ʼ46"│ sound │ color │ 2014

"for voice and strings"

Following up the artist's film SPRING (2012), TK (2014) brings the interest for the language of body and its relation to the socio political context of “physical presence” back in the center of the artists practice.
The title of the work “TK”, is an onomatopoeic description of the sound made either by stone hitting the ground or by teeth closing in bite.

Departing form an eight part poem (part seven being excluded form a film itself, however its narrative significance is further explored in the exhibition surrounding the film), the artist constructs a complex polyphonic work in which poetry meets movements, sounds, silences, bodies, and ­endurability in order to project the ideas behind the work.
Several topics constantly reoccurring through out the work are brought forward by a meticulously scored narration, in which pause and silence are equally important as the spoken or written word.

Poem itself depicts on various images, starting as a morning song in which a question of a routine and a rotation turns the engine on for work to move towards more difficult imagery. People gather in dangerous constellations to act in violence, to observe silently, or to setup the false feeling of tranquillity which is constantly turned upside down by the various mechanisms of the film itself. Heavy things get stuck in the throat, stones used as tools and voices come to unrest.

Two types of scenes collide together. First one follows the hands on an old man who suffers from a Parkinson, initiating a core lines of the poem in a written form. 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.

Yet, another mechanism runs through the film as well. A musical component appearing mostly through out the winter scenes that contain a precise score composed for a group of strings. This however is far form a typical string music. Technique employed here has been influenced by the ideas of the shivering and friction as well. Playing the strings by adjusting the bow to the various pressures, and particularly achieving to maximize the pressure to the point where moving the bow in frenetic and rapid way will result the strings to get warm. Sounds that flicker on the surface, but also between pure tone and harmonics, between tone and noise, act as a “warming” mechanism, an attempt to set up a fire between the lines and shivering, an attempt to ignite things up from the inside of the film itself.

TK is produced by Kreativni Sindikat, supported by HAVC- Croatian Audio Visual Centre