NMG@PRAKTIKA: Goran Škofić

Under the title Blackout, there are three art works exhibited: Pushing, Black and Blackout, which establish the new spatial relationships within the gallery in Split. The physical space of the gallery loses its clear contours and enters into a relationship with a virtual space in which media Škofić creates. As in most of the works from the artist’s oeuvre, here is also ubiquitous the figure of the artist.

In the video installation Pushing, which we encounter first, figure of the artist is in a reduced scale and infinitely and unsuccessfully pushing the edge of the wall, more precisely the physical space that defines the wall. At the bottom of a long, dark corridor, in a video performance Black, the author not only loses its physicality within the media, but is completely eliminated by merging with a black background. Video installation Blackout in a white gallery space doubles the real space in the virtual world of video. The premises are the same; the light goes out synchronously in both. Video is seen by the observer as a snapshot of a live gallery space. Amusing but confusing moment occurs when he realizes that the man who lights the lamp exists only in the virtual world, the one recorded, displayed on the screen.

The loss of clear boundaries between the real and the virtual, the reality and illusion, is a place where the identities of modern man are being negotiating, the man whom in the virtual world is represented by the artist himself.


About the Author:

Goran Škofić was born in 1979 in Pula. He graduated from the Art Academy in Split, in the class of prof. Dan Oki in 2005. In his works Škofić self-referentially explores and discusses the position of an individual within a variety of social and cultural spheres. Social control, manipulation, the lack of bodies, social aspects and absurdities of everyday life are constant themes of his work. Škofić works include photo and video collages, video, performance, film and sound and space installations. Škofić has exhibited in numerous national and international galleries and museums, made presentations in artistic institutions and participated in international festivals and biennials. In 2009 he won the Radoslav Putar Award as the best Croatian artist under 35 years of age. He resided in artistic residencies in Europe, North and South America.