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Title: Reclining Nude
Media: Video installation
Duration: 7' 24''
Year: 2011

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George Barkeley, an 18th century bishop and philosopher was claiming that human eye can see no other visual properties of material world, but light and colors. Perspectives, shapes, distance, magnitude – these are properties that have to be 'whispered' to an eye. We have to learn to see, just like we have to learn to speak. What we see is not necessarily similar to the thing in front of us, just like the word has nothing similar with the thing it represents. It's a language, a substitute for the absent.

By assembling image with small mirrors, each one reflecting fragment of entire scene, I was captured by the beauty of the simple natural phenomena. I had meditative experience watching the actual light being held in my hand, and how my fingers can touch the horizon, distant objects, a cloud, birds in the sky, someone's face, or darkness. It seemed like a metaphor for the experience of the Cheselden's patient - who had the impression his eyes were touched by everything in sight (being near or far away) after recovery from blindness.

We are living in a totally visual world, like never before in history, and our visual perception is becoming one with the sense of touch. Any content, any type of communication, of exhange, has become an image accessed by finger, and a screen as an image holder is owned by most people almost all the time, all the places. The life is being experienced by touching the image of it. Does it make us half blind, since we are able to see it but we also have to touch it? Or it makes us doubly blind, since we are touching something that actually isn't there?

Vladimir Nikolic


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Title: Portrait of Filippo Riniolo
Media: Video installation
Duration: 5' 48''
Year: 2011

 


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Title:
Portrait of Mauro Romito
Media: Video installation
Duration: 3' 52''
Year: 2012


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Title: Train passing
Media: Video
Duration: 3' 48''
Year: 2012



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Title: An Act in Space
Media: Video
Duration: 3' 45''
Year: 2013

"...in the work An Act in Space (2013), the characters in the picture (mirrors) are acting in the space that doesn’t belong to them – their movements are responding to the space that exists only in the gaze of the observer. To make it look like that, I had to project the geometry of the mirror’s virtual space onto the physical space where the short love drama is happening. During the act characters were moving inside the drawn lines on the ground, that marked the edges of the image located in a distant mirror. I found some cognitive science theories, stating that vision engages one third of our brain, billions of neurons, trillions of synapses and their purpose is not to make a snapshot of reality, but to create reality, in real time."

Vladimir Nikolic


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Title: The End of the World
Media: Video
Duration: 1' 34''
Year: 2013

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