|Authors: Gordana Novakovic and Miroslav Savic|
Images: Gordana Novakovic
Sound: Miroslav Savic
"The Shirt Of A Happy Man", videotape, 1992, - Betacam SP, PAL
The idea of this project came as a result of the identical
comprehension of art by two authors (Gordana Novakovic and
Miroslav Savic), of art understood as a unique spiritual category.
The possibility for the joint realization of the project lies in the
authors openness to explore new technologies, especially those
which can be transposed into art procedures, without neglecting any
of the traditional art postulates.
The formulation of a specific system of work arose out of this
situation, fully in accord with the nature of the new media, but
without any ambition of promoting it into a universal concept.
"In this case the bird is the most appropriate symbol of
transcendence. It represents the particular nature of intuition acts
through a "medium", i.e. the individual who is able to acquire
knowledge of remote events or knowledge of facts which he
consciously knows nothing by entering into a state which is similar
to a trance."*
The use of electronic media in order to satisfy the primordial need
for the ritual, which initiates in man the spheres of unconscious
unfettered associative thought, stands in contrast to rationally
formulated messages ensuing from the basic information purpose of
electronic media. Video and computer mediums may also be
understood in a different way, i.e. as a function of electronic ritual.
The nature of communication between the observer and the object in
this case presupposes an active relationship towards what the
medium transmits, since it has no previously determined message or
meaning. What it actually offers is a world of symbols, images, and
sounds, that provide a framework for the creation of its own,
personal and always different experience.
This work, in a way, paraphrases the well-known fairy tale that tells
of the endeavor to achieve complete harmony of ones own
personality. In this endeavor, Form experiences certain
transformations, thus achieving the essential unity of music and
Abstract concepts, even those with very precise meanings have, for
each and every man, particular meanings due to each mans unique
"If only the image is given, it is a simply a vivid description of minor
importance. However, when charged with the emotions, the image
acquires a magical power (or psychological, i.e. mental energy) it
becomes dynamic and produces specific effects.***
The concrete work, in contrast, is but one possible part of a more
complex project and consists of several elements, which were
realized from various sources and different media (such as
photography, video animation, computer music, computer graphics,
traditional painting techniques, traditional music scores), whose
execution includes a wide range of procedures spanning
interpretations to multimedia performances.
The drapes in the so-called real world are the carriers of information
about form, movement and space. In the fields of the graphic
presentation of the abstract, the plane, they may also suggest form,
space and time. Form, is the transmitter of all these characteristics.
As related to the aural, Form is a polyphonic construction whose
movement is represented by unstable tonal pitches. The polyphony
of Form has nothing in common with the classical polyphony of
Occidental music since it does not follow the logic of musical
cannons, but rather the logic of the netlike contours of Form
through which it acquires a micro tonal structure. The absence of
tonal center provides it with a dynamic character otherwise absent in
the classic comprehension of music. In this sense, it is pure sound,
therefore a symbol.
The three-dimensional Form deprived of color emanates all the
characteristics into the space that is colored, two-dimensional and
abstract. This contrast leads into the worlds of spiritual dimensions
and they create specific interrelations which are characteristic of
The primary musical element, time, expressed by the rhythm of
events, is a plane in which form and color enter into correlation with
the sound. Thus the "image" also acquires a temporal dimension in
the way the sound, with the help of image, and the image out of
sound, and this is a cyclical method which shapes the final work,
which can also be understood as a story with a particular content.
Gordana Novakovic and Miroslav Savic, 1992
Screened at video and electronic art festivals in Linz, Berlin, Cidade
De Vigo and Goetheborg
One of twenty works chosen for public presentation at the Festival
of Computer Animation in Berlin, 1992.
"The Shirt of A Happy Man ", interactive performance
(simultaneously painting and drawing performance utilizing
watercolor, computer generated forms, plotter, tape recorded sound
and video projections),"Interrelations", international exhibition,
Protokol Gallery, Belgrade, 1993. Intention was that as direct
contact between the spectator and the author as possible be
established, united in the ritual of the genesis of the artistic creation
as the impression of the moment, merging the individual energies
and emotions .