DB Indoš (HR) Doors

performance, 2002

At issue here is a forceful and abrupt passage through three doors; the creation of a situation that advocates the right to free exercise of the transcendental symptom of mental suffering. The first door is the door of a bus carrying war refugees that leaves from the mosque in Zagreb to the still active war zone Bugojna in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The second door is the door of Nazi psychiatric hospitals in Austria behind which stand doctors, nurses, the SS and Death. The third door is the film door from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

There is another door, the sealed door of Kingsley Hall. A long time ago, behind it lived Ronald Laing, Mary Burns and all those who occupied the spaces of a practice that produced the symptom of mental suffering on its utmost edges of the possible. The performance Doors is a manifesto of an unaccomplished idea named Parainstitute Indoš whose goal is – through art praxis, paraphrasing the idea of Jain philosophy – to do good at the frontiers of human abilities and the established rules an artwork is supposed to respect. The performance aims to demonstrate how the transcendent symptom gets liberated and lives as a constructive and active factor of social tolerance and of one human being to another. The divulging of the transcendent symptom is an important element in developing “threshold levels” of tolerance ( insofar as it is not physically self-destructive or destructive in relation to others).

Performers: Milan Manojlović - Mance, Miro Manojlović, DB Indoš
Films 16 mm: Nicole Hewitt / Blue Film and Basketball

DB Indoš (HR)

Damir Bartol Indoš (Zagreb, 1957), performer and theatre artist, he creates experimental music instruments, sound sculptures called Schachtophones and graphic partitures. He took a degree in comparative literature and philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. During his university days he took part in the work of the neo-avant-garde student theatre group Kugla Glumište and as initiator of the Kugla Group during the 1980s did a number of performances (Gigan Affair, Unmuffled Vibrations, Sixth Allelomorph and so on). As DB Indoš House of Extreme Music Theater, from the 1990s, he created a series of projects and world tours with a variety of foreign and domestic artists and musicians. Since 2005, in coproduction with the SC Culture of Change, the &TD Theatre and in creative collaboration with Tanja Vrvilo he has produced performances with actors, performance artists, musicians and dancers (Chinese Roulette, The Enchantment, Green Green, Book of the Dead (joint direction with Zlatko Burić), Anti-Oedipus and others. He has taken part in various international festivals at home and abroad such as Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), Klangarten Festival (Linz), Franklin Furnace (New York), Roskilde festival, Translacije (Piotrkow), Eurokaz (Zagreb), Extravagant Bodies: Extravagant Minds festival (Zagreb), CAMP – International Festival of Visual Music (Zagreb), etc. He is a permanent collaborator of the &TD Theatre, a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists' Association and the Association of Fine Art Artists ULUPUH. He won the City of Zagreb Medal for promotion of alternative culture in 2009, and was winner of the first prize in the T-HT@MSU competition in 2012 for the sound sculpture Schachtophone. Together with Tanja Vrvilo he won the group award of the Croatian selection at the Prague Quadrennial in 2015.