‘Let the Dead Sleep’ (2014)

Curator: Jasna Jernejšek
Production: SCCA-Ljubljana, 2014
Duration: 103′ 38″

The title of the programme is taken from the Miha Vipotnik’s video, entitled Lenora in which he metaphorically addresses the possibilities of artists to question the incomprehensible paradox of death, or „enigma of death“ as Hans Belting designated it. The idea of death that exceeds biological finitude of human body is based on complex mixture of processes, socially accepted knowledges, expectations, beliefs, rituals and everyday practices which are integral part of the cultural definition of death.

The selected artists contemplate the idea of death in various ways. How is one touched upon the death of the (beloved) Other? Is death possible without life, and the opposite, is the life without death possible? How to deliberate one’s own death? How to see one’s own death given that it is impossible gaze which is a source of numerous fantasies? The artists of this programme do not offer unambiguous answers but rather reflect their personal experiences in their own expressive ways.

The program was premiered on January 18, 2017 at Photon Gallery in Ljubljana as an accompanying event of the exhibition The Last Gaze.

Damijan Kracina, Ant, 1′ 07″
Damijan Kracina, Mravlja

Miha Vipotnik, Lenora, 4′ 50″
RTV Slovenija, 1983
Miha Vipotnik, Lenora

Ema Kugler, Phantom, 87′ 45″
Zavod ZANK / VPK, Cankarjev dom, RTV Slovenija, 2003
Ema Kugler, Fantom

Marko Kovačič, Requiem M, 4′ 02″
Marko Kovačič, Requiem M

Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Afterlife, 2′ 43″
Nataša Prosenc Stearns, 2010
Nataša Prosenc, Afterlife

Gorazd Krnc, Three Doors, 3′ 11″
Gulag Productions, 2007
Gorazd Krnc, Three Doors