BEYOND THE SHUT EYES
Gints Gabrāns
2006

The video projection, consisting of a 15 min video loop, documents obscure actions performed by people resembling a ritual during which a movement to an artificial but more beautiful and better space has been played. It is realized with the help of collective sleeping caused by hypnosis.
During the performance the participants have been told that the room fills with supernatural, bright light. When they are awoken, the room has been filled with mist and everybody sees bright light. The source of the light is actually powerful spotlights outside, the kind used for film shoots in order to represent sun light. The light in the window remains like a sunny day outside. Additionally the room has been filled with dense smoke.
The people are asked to open their eyes and to wake up in a different world. This transition to the better world is strengthened with reading texts of scenario, verbal and visual information. Later, video documentation about how people move, their emotions and reactions to this transition phase is made, as nobody has been informed before about the 2nd part of this session…

Gints Gabrāns (Latvia) is an artist working in the fields of stage design, video installations and environment objects. He was the winner of the arts prize of the Hansabank Group (2005). He graduated from College of Applied Arts in Liepāja(1989) and Academy of Fine Arts in Latvia (1994). Since 1992 Gints Gabrāns has participated in group exhibitions both in Latvia ("Re-public"- international project on art and culture in the suburbs of Riga, 2003) and worldwide (including at the 26th Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brasilia with the work "How to get on TV", 2004). Since 1993 he has performed in personal exhibitions (the most recent work - "Apparent/Invisible. The Island of Perception", 2005 in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius).
Currently Gabrāns is exploring a simulation of wonder in the arts. Wonder, which we all know about from different fields such as religion, science, esoteric, fairy-tales, and tv-movies, for instance: levitation, moving through walls, teleportation, becoming invisible, parallel spaces and and other realities. "I am trying to solve the problem how to make the invisible visible and unbelievable believable, using an illusion, which is created with the help of light, optics and physics rules; confronting them [aspects of visibility and belief] with the conditionality of perception and interpretation of reality".

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