Installation ‘The Side space of the Sacred in the USSR’ by Inspection Medical Hermeneutics

IMH-Amber Room 2IMH-Amber Room 3

Images © Inspection Medical Hermeneutics & CAC, Vilnius

‘The Side Space of the Sacred’

In speaking of the installation ‘The Side Space of the Sacred’, the very first thing to note is that, like most of our exhibition works, it possesses both “internal” and “external” functions simultaneously.

Both functions are fundamentally illustrative.

The “external” function is basically an illustration of several hallucinatory plotlines, existing at the level of fundamental patternings of delirium on the ethno-semiotic plane, and, moreover, they exist not as “legitimate” components of these “narratives from the collective depths”, but as cavities, defects, whispers, cracks, parasitic “subplots” and other flaws of these narratives. Art, like hallucinosis, encounters in the first instance the spatial and acoustic parameters of all these “lower-depths events”, and therefore the metaphor of “parasites that leave tunnels in the compacted strata” is entirely appropriate, as is the metaphor of “cracks in the foundation”.

It is “hallucinations on a global theme” that are illustrated. The important thing here is the conceptual background of “common doings and things” which pervade “common bodies and spaces” through and through. Naturally, these global themes can be themes of the state, religion, money, the city, war and so on. What is important for us is that the unfolding of these hallucinations inevitably results in a comic effect (since this is an unfolding inwards into the banal). The psychodelicised levels of consciousness that have engendered these visions create them, in a certain sense, as “self-caricatures”.

The other, “internal” function of this installation is to illustrate the plotlines of our own text-formation, as performed within the framework of Inspection Medical Hermeneutics “laboratory of discourses”. From the viewpoint of this “internal” function, each element of the installation appears as a quotation from or reference to one or another of our texts (either already written or as yet only planned, and sometimes existing as a memory of an oral discussion). This kind of “reading” of our texts is in effect possible only for ourselves and also, perhaps, for certain of our close friends and co-authors. It is this that gives rise to the requirement for textual commentaries “for the catalogue”, by means of which this “laboratory” space of intersecting and unfolding or, on the contrary, stagnating discourses can be engaged as the exhibition background of the work itself.

© Inspection Medical Hermeneutics, 1992

Installation ‘The Side space of the Sacred in the USSR’ was produced by Inspection Medical Hermeneutics in 1992. The above images are from the recent exhibition titled “t:h:e r:e:a:l: after psychedelia” at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, curated by Lars Bang Larsen. 

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