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In-Time more photos

Realizations: 2007, exhibition Land [e]scape, Künstlerhaus Graz , Austria ; 2005, exhibition Pretty-Dirty, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana , Slovenia.

For In-Time donors of the exhibited objects are the curators and the co-exhibitors at the exhibitions. They are donating private objects that they love, lived with or they mean they signify them. The objects are closed in glass-containers as home-conserved food and the micro organisms that have already existed on the donated objects are artificially cultivated. The glasses are marked with dates, times and names of the donors.

At microbiological level micro organisms as bacteria and fungi not only enter the human organism, but also get out of it into the environment. Such a micro world is a peculiar inner world of a human body. Not only because some species actually live inside the human organism, but above all because all these species that live with the body, are found directly on, or in it, which means they are actually a part of it and also help it maintain a healthy balance of the organism as a whole. When they traverse from the body into the surroundings or from the surroundings into or onto the body, the body truly traverses into surroundings as well as the surroundings into the body. Where is then the dividing line of the body and does a cortex of our organism really exist? A cortex would mean an external, dead layer of flesh. But our flesh with a horny layer of skin tissue is far from being dead – this layer is full of life that belongs to us and is at the same time carrying out an exchange with the surroundings. This is a platform of giving and taking between a body and an environment into which it is immersed. It is a realm where an expansion of the interior into the exterior occurs as well as an entrance of an outside into an inside.

The project questions individual privacy, human (spiritual) possession of the material world, and interrelation-immersion of an individual into the “common flesh”.


Special thanks to Metka Krašna, PhD, Blood Transfusion Centre of Slovenia –  Tissue Typing Center ; to all the organizers of the exhibitions and to the donors.