376x170 cm (paintings 64x84 cm), installation dimension variable | Filler, oak panels, fuel hose
I have made imprints with pieces of fuel hose, which are then attached beneath the panels to form a closed circuit. See a video from the production here. The fuel hose can be associated with the industry of fossil energy.
The title is the name of a mythological creature in the form of a snake that bites its own tail. It symbolizes the unity of the material and spiritual worlds in an eternal cycle of destruction and creation. In this way, the work highlights the need for a sustainable and renewable energy supply.
In the work, the image - or the linguistic part, is tied together with the physical domain into a whole. Language cannot exist without being manifested in the physical, and material reality cannot be perceived by the subject in any other way than through language. The two modalities are separate but, at the same time, mutually dependent on each other. When the body dies, the genome lives on in its offspring. The genes are a code, a linguistic expression of life embodied in the physical body.
When exhibited alone, the closed circuit in the different parts of the work can point to the subject's solitary position, separated from direct and unmediated contact with the environment. However, in this iteration, they are connected through the fuel hoses. In the same way, the subject also has an opportunity to reach out of its isolation - aided by the body, the physical and non-linguistic part of its existence. Reaching out of oneself is only possible outside of language by leaving oneself, i.e. letting go of one's self-consciousness and becoming something else.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.
Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.