space of contemporary and media art . Korcula . Croatia
Alban Muja: I-scream / Free Your Mind
guest curator: Ana Peraica
21 – 26 . 8. 2007
. opening . Tuesday 14. 8. 22 - 24 h
Ana Peraica: I-scream
The formulation I - scream comes from the cult movie "Down by the
law" (1983) by Jim Jarmusch, featuring Tom Waits, Benini and others.
In the prison three prisoners are repeating as mantra:
"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream"
until they make a revolution that allows them to escape, along with
the movie narrative, possible.
It was actually Alban who promised me an ice cream in our e-mailing,
if we manage to "escape" on the island Korcula, in the Grey Zone...
The title reflects the condition of Internet society (I-society) in
which we are finding ourselves previous to our escape, communicating
from different places.
I - scream also reflects the topological "I" position (where I is
written always with a CAPITAL "I", or where the AngloSaxon capitalism
shows up symptoms of political identity / 1 = 1 /, ego centre as the
While in the actual time of grown-ups disasters reflecting on us are
near cataclysms, as conflicts, in times of our childhood – the
biggest catastrophe was - falling of an ice cream. We all remember
our childhoods, as in TBF song, being dirty of ice-cream.
There were three types of ice-cream; "na kugle" (on balls), "na
automat" (on the automatic machine) and latter - industrial cornetti.
Ice - cream was a currency having a good exchange rate between adults
and kids. One could save the award for latter, still it rarely
happened. It is notable majority of ice-cream caffes in socialism
were run by Albanians. Times have changed... Now, between national
identities and "I" identities there is a gap to be "screamed out" (a
voice broken through).
Alban Muja's communication or mis-communication videos, as
"Palestina" (2005)," Agreement" 2006) are showing the symptom of
translation of "I" position, its displacement.
Anyhow... I can write whatever now, as a theorist. Actually I want to
eat ice - cream on Korcula. And of course, I would not miss to
develop some theory here too; the last definition comes; eating ice
cream is a pleasure, a childish hedonistic act.
Sounds good for a concept?
Alban MUJA: “Free your mind” -Video 9:45 min . artist statement
One of my first projects that I completed is a video entitled Free
your mind. The video of Marina Abramovic was my starting point and it
gave me the idea for my work. However, I was not very happy with the
first form of the idea and, therefore, I continually tried to find a
way to differentiate my work from that of Marina.
What should an artist do to respect the source of his inspiration,
the work of a famous colleague who has made a name for herself, and
at the same time, to distance himself from that work and that name,
and to become himself? For a moment, I thought about how I could
free myself, not from the influence, but from the torture of trying
to find myself in the work of another artist, if I repeated loudly
the famous name, until it lost its meaning. Then, I realised that
this is a way to be freed from every name and influence. I started
to spontaneously call the names of the artists that came to my mind
and who have influenced me in one way or another. I felt that I was
doing some kind of exorcism. In a way, I was respecting those names,
but at the same time, I was freeing myself from a weight, from all
that I had accumulated on my mind in the form of preferences and
influences, by taking them off me and converting them into empty
sounds, which one after another, were lost in time and space...
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