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Installation by Giorgi Janiashvili and David Janiashvili (Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi), 2011
Mannequin, wool, wood/metal construction, tank, hose, glycerin, natural paint, engine, vine switch, reservoir, incense, lighting, quadraphonic sound installation The installation is created by Giorgi Janiashvili, a composer/ multimedia artist (b. 1989; the author of the concept of project, music/sound and design) and David Janiashvili, a designer/visual artist (b. 1981; design, construction). The piece was presented in June 2011 at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space as part of the Georgian National Exposition (the curator Ketevan Kintsurashvili). In 2012 it was presented at the Tbilisi Art Festival Artisterium (Georgia). The purpose of Static Drama is to create a space, in which different arts collaborate to involve the viewer (visitor) into the process of thinking about the proposed theme (the sacrificial offering in this case). The space is designed in such a way that hearing, sight, touch, smell - almost all senses are involved in perceiving dramatic concept. A specially created visual symbolic world reflects the dramatic idea of the installation. Original electroacoustic music composition is specially produced for the project and creates the time structure of the installation. In addition, fragrance (the smell of incense is one of the elements of the installation on the theme of Sacrifice), physical contact with organic materials (the visitors are requested to leave shoes outside the installation space and walk on wool), other visual/audio meanings (“blood” falling in drops from the head of the main figure) are applied to create such a performance space where concepts from the artists pass through the viewer’s thinking process, permitting an extensive range of interpretation. The authors direct the viewer’s thinking so that the latter could perceive the act of Sacrifice from various angles: general, historic, temporal, memorial, personal, metaphysical, mystical, depending on the observer’s background, knowledge, interests and feelings. Upon entering the space the viewer involuntarily becomes a participant within the installation and plunges into the ambience of music and visual symbols, showing violence through poetry. The design of the installation is flexible for transformation and adjustable to a new place, but the space must always be exclusive so that the visitors (alone or with companions) should feel isolated within the offered environment, in which every detail speaks about the proposed theme.
Performance: Poetry Is Risk