"Sacrifice - The Static Drama" - Special Project for PQ 2011 - Prague Installation by GiOrgi Janiashvili & David Janiashvili
PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL OF PERFORMANCE DESIGN AND SPACE 2011
SECTION OF COUNTRIES AND REGIONS - GEORGIA
National Curator: Ketevan Kintsurashvili
GiOrgi Janiashvili (author of the concept of the project, music/sound and visual design), David Janiashvili (visual design, lighting design and technical construction)
Mannequin, wool, wooden and metal construction, tank, hose, glycerine, natural paint, engine, vine switch, reservoir, lighting, speakers, sound, incense.
The collaborative piece was first presented in June 2011 at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space as part of the Georgian national contribution.
The concept of Static Drama as conceived by Giorgi Janiashvili is intended to involve the viewer (visitor) into the process of thinking about the suggested theme and to immerse him/her in a participatory event within the created space.
The space is designed in such a way that almost all the senses – vision, hearing, smell, touch – contribute to the perception. A visual symbolic world as well as the sound installation are purposely created and reflect the dramatic concept behind the installation. The fragrance (the smell of incense is one element that signals the theme of Sacrifice) and the physical contact with organic materials (viewers are requested to leave their shoes outside the installation space and walk on the wool that covers the floor) create additional meaning, as well as the ‘blood’ that falls in drops from the head of the main figure. These effects create a performance space where the artists’ concepts pass through the viewers’ thinking process, permitting a wide range of interpretations.
The authors encourage viewers to perceive the act of Sacrifice from various angles: conceptual, historical, temporal, memorial, personal, metaphysical, mystical, all depending on ones own background, knowledge, feeling and attitude to the proposed symbols. Upon entering the space the viewers involuntarily become participants in the installation as they are plunged into the ambience of musical and visual symbols that demonstrate violence through poetic form.
The installation design is flexible, to allow for transformation and adjustment to new venues. Yet the space must always be secluded, so that the visitors (alone or with companions) experience certain isolation within the offered environment, in which every detail is made to speak about the proposed theme.
Scenography is a catalyst for the transformation of space, to endow materiality with a magical and surreal presence, immersing the viewer (audience) into a more corporeal and intuitive understanding of the concept(s) at hand.