Nika Oblak (SI), Primož Novak (SI) The Box

Video installation, 2006

The Box is a video installation composed of a rubber box, an LCD monitor, and a pneumatic mechanism. The mechanism is placed inside the rubber box. It is manipulated by a computer program and synchronized with a prerecorded video. The main focus of The Box is detachment, the possibility to exist outside prevailing systems. It is influenced by the constant exposure to mass communication media messages and inability to avoid its effects. The video shows the two of us being trapped inside the box, trying to escape to the outside. As we hit our fists against the walls of the interior surrounding us, trying to break through, each hit is visible in ‘real time’ as the rubber sides of the box bend outwards.

Our attempt to escape is a reference to an escape from an all-encompassing media world as well as an escape from the white cube. On the one hand the possibility to detach oneself from today’s media and information network has become a pure privilege, which not everyone is able to afford. And as far as contemporary art network is concerned, detachment from its reference institutions, as its critique, means an ultimate isolation of the author.

Nika Oblak (SI)

Nika Oblak, born 1975, obtained a degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2002. In 2005 she completed graduate studies in video at the same Academy. In the 2000-2001 academic year she was a guest student in the class of Prof. K. Sieverding at the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin.

Primož Novak (SI)

Primož Novak, born 1973, obtained a degree in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2002. At the same Academy he is currently completing graduate studies in sculpture. In the 2000-2001 academic year he was a guest student in the class of Prof. K. Sieverding at the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin.