2009, interactive video-installation
Searching for the most appropriate English translation for the title of this work, in Macedonian it is named “Tashaci” (Ташаци) - a slang word for ‘testicles’ but also used as ‘getting nothing’ in colloquial speech (in the context of this work used as a metaphor of expectation, ignorance and arrogance), we found that the British ‘bollocks’ has the closest meaning to ‘tashaci’. Of course we based our research on Internet resources and pages like www.sex-lexis.com/Sex-Dictionary or headlines like Balls, Nuts, or Testicles: A Guide to Proper Usage, but finally, a great discovery for us was learning about the British rhyming slang ‘Jackson Pollocks’ used with the same meaning as ‘bollocks’:
Jackson Pollocks: British / Cockney rhyming slang based on the rhyme with bollocks, a slang term for the testicles.
One cannot avoid such a finding, especially as this work relates the art itself, the audience’ expectations, the immateriality of the artwork, absurdity, nothingness…
While the work is a complex sensor based installation, the audience is facing a simple event: Video projection on a wall; when the audience is out, the video image shows two sitting figures; when the spectator enters, the figures leave.
Video documentation: Mala Galerija (2010) / Studio Golo Brdo (2011)
The second version of the work was created for the purposes of the exhibition Bollocks For Everybody!, held inside and on the windows of Mala Galerija, Skopje, 2010. The exhibition catalogue (Macedonian/English) can be downloaded here.
Bollocks won the price Dragisa Nanevski Award at AKTO Festival of Contemporary Arts in Bitola, Macedonia in 2010.
Interview by Ivana Vaseva: Уметноста е секогаш на друго местo, (Macedonian), Vreme, 25 August 2010
Interview by Darko Aleksovski: Art is always somewhere else, (English), www.furtherfield.org, 13 January 2012
Thanks to: Spase Perovski, Marija Dzunova, Bojan Ivanov and Maja Čankulovska-Mihajlovska