Minds to Lose
2008-2011
HD, color, widescreen, stereo sound
11 minutes 54 seconds



INSTALLATION AT HAYWARD GALLERY PROJECT SPACE

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 Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO studio

Photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO studio


VIDEO STILLS

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ARTIST NOTE

The trilogy began in 2008 when I anesthetized myself and four farm animals for a performance titled Petting Zoo. The anesthetization of myself and four farm animals, goats, sheep and a donkey was video-recorded to be projected in the final performance space, in which I lay inert and insensible to the world while the animals were free to wander the shed. We were all open to the touch of the onlooker. In Petting Zoo, I wanted to perform absence knowing that the history of performance is about presence and process.

The footage has been made into a film, Minds to Lose. Using a single screen with multiple divisions, Minds to Lose creates a forced familial commonality between human and animal as they submit to the loss of consciousness and become unaware of even one’s mortality. The film weighs the categories of human and animal, all of whom enjoy a temporary respite from human interference. The sound overlays in-synch field recordings with sonic emissions created via simple DIY instruments which use her own body as a resister for the electrical current.

Minds to Lose is the first work in a trilogy on reticence, absenting, withdrawing, and disengaging. The other two are Leaf Fall and Iceboat.


CREDITS

A film by Neha Choksi | Edit: Monisha R Baldawa | Sound: Neha Choksi | Camera: Neha Choksi (Animals), Vishal Rawlley (Artist) | Jain Lullaby: Alaina Choksi | Production Assistant: Sushil Singh | Special Thanks to our doctors and veterinarians | Filmed on location in Ghitorni and New Delhi in 2008


 

RELATED WORKS

Aftermath
2012


The Drop
2009


Petting Zoo
2009


Leaf Fall drawings and paintings
2009


Minds to Lose drawings
2008 - 2010


Glow
2008