I Will be Right Back


I was interested in a situation ensuing from off-centring, or rotation of a space. What would be the nature of the resulting space and the newly evolved specific situation? The rotation divides the space into two. One can enter and embrace completely the one of them, and peer into the other from inbetween the crosspieces of a gate, surmising at best what can be found round the corner.

Taken at the boundary between the visible and invisible, and shown in the adjoining space, the video partly unveils the space behind the wall. It is a conversation of two figures with one of them missing. One has to make guesses about the other party of the conversation, and the space behind the wall is defined by the presuppositions and individual experience of a viewer.

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I’ll be right back

In his Art and Illusion Ernst Gombrich writes that linear perspective is based on the simple fact that we are unable to see around the corner. Following the rules of linear perspective, we arrange everything in images in proportional distances from the static viewer. However, once we turn our head a bit, the whole system which has been the canon of art for centuries, collapses like a house of cards. Who would like to be a static viewer of photographic scenes these days, and have their head fixed in an imaginary holder so as to be able to neatly and carefully line up everything in a unified image plan? Aren’t you tempted to have a look around the corner?
    Contemporary art need not be so much engaged with perspective anymore as the most important battles have already been fought out by the modernists. Nobody seems to bother whether a surface is back in an image or whether one hand looks longer than the other. However, the whole issue does not disappear with this: it is only moved a little further. It is neither limited to the surface image nor to the first revolts against the Renaissance canon.
    In his installation, Viktor Takáč raises the issue of “seeing around the corner”, or rather its impossibility. His installation comprises two parts: partly turned gallery panels and a screen. Takáč has decided to manipulate the exhibition space itself, not to get delimited by the three white walls of the gallery, and instead move them against the viewer in such a way that you will find a bevelled, and therefore partly missing space behind a plank fence. But the physical situation is not the only issue here: the change in the physical perspective should result in a new mental situation according to Takáč. Suddenly, the gallery is no more neutral background for the exhibited art, and becomes its – slightly mysterious – part, because you naturally want to know what is around the corner. Projected on one of the shifted walls, the video is a kind of window into the missing space. It shows an interview of a male figure and – a missing figure. This complicates the whole situation: it is not only the sensed space that comes into play, but also the concealed part of the dialogue. Who is that man talking to? Someone around the corner? Or even you? Are you looking around the corner or into the mirror?
    The installation is titled I’ll be Right Back. The thing is that nobody is coming. A certain tension prevails between the individual elements: the bevelled space – the missing space – the present person, and – the missing person. The linking element is you, your curiosity, your inability to see round the corner, your possible substitution with the missing person in the dialogue. The installation will definitely make you think a little less linearly than usual.

Karina Kottová
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