GALANTERIE MÉCANIQUE: FIL D’ARGENT / 25Th International Biennial Of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 2013
The collaborative and complex installation projects of Meta Grgurevič and Urša Vidic are based on a multimedia vocabulary that explores the boundaries between stage and gallery installations. They cross-pollinate the specific codes and signs of both the art space and the theater, breaking the boundaries between them. Moving between history and memory with deliberate playfulness and wonder, their mechanised environments, at the edge of narration.
One of their most recent projects “Galanterie Mécanique / Fil d’argent”, was a symphony of kinetic objects and music performance that contemplated the relationship between man, machine, collaboration, corporation between individuals, and the position of the individual within wider social modernity as expressed in the 1936 film Modern Times and its embrace in the Russian theatre system of Vsevolod Mayerhold. These anxieties and enthusiasms continue to be reflected in the new industrial age, in which everyone has to do their part in order for the functioning system to continue as a complex, living organism.
All the elements, including object, music, and lights are tightly interconnected and mutually reactive. This creates the atmosphere of a mechanical ballet or classical music concert. (Deborah Cullen, Curator)