It Never Seems to End, 2010

Photo: Eva Ebersberger | TBA21, 2010

Two-channel video installation of 84 hour performance, color, sound
84 hrs 24 min (video)
Overall dimensions variable
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary 

Japanther's commission for the TBA21 exhibition "Figura Cuncta Videntis: The All Seeing Eye / Homage to Christoph Schlingensief", It Nevers Seems to End is a trance ritual performance in which the two performers deprived themselves of solid food and sleep for three and a half days in the hope that beta brain waves would inspire new levels of creativity. The performance took place at TBA21 on the rotating circular stage of Christoph Schlingensief's Animatograph - from 2:00 PM on November 3 until 2:00 AM on November 8, 2010 - without any audience. Just for one night Japanther invited their friends and TBA21 staff for a concert and to join them in this tour de force. The resulting two-channel video shows a real time projection of the entire 84-hour footage (with the according sound via headphones) and a 24 minute 30 second edit with the music from the concert.

Ian Vanek: *1980 in USA | Living and working in Olympia, USA
Matt Reilly
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