Dalibor Martinis (HR) '8/11' (Chapeau) - Binary comedy after Marx's 11th Thesis on Feuerbach

interactive computer video installation, 2008

On a long screen (composed of 2 projections) 8 persons appear and, like actors on a stage at the end of their performance, bow in front of the audience/viewers, with some of them taking off their hats. They all reappear repeatedly and perform the same collective bow, but each time in this row of 8, different persons take off the hat. As 8 actors (actually one and the same person – artist) stand for 8 digits of a binary coded letter of the alphabet (for example, letter A: 01000001) every combination of hats, off and on their heads, actually reads as one letter in the text. Sound in the piece is a continuous aplause of an enthusiastic audience.

Audience is the playwrite

Any visitor can type a text of his/her own comedy into a computer. The text is turned into the binary code which then controls video playback of letter sequences i.e. the order of appearance of the actors. When there is no text typed by the visitors “actors” play the text of Marx's '11 Theses on Feuerbach'.

Dalibor Martinis (HR)

Dalibor Martinis (Zagreb, 1947) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He has exhibited since 1969; from 1973 he has worked as a video artist individually and in co-authorship with Sanja Iveković until 1992. He has staged numerous solo exhibitions, performances and screenings and participated at numerous international exhibitions (Biennials in Venice, Sao Păulo, Kwangju, Thessaloniki, Cetinja; Documenta in Kaseel, etc.) and video festivals (Berlin, Tokyo, Montreal, Locarno, etc.). He has received numerous grants (Canada Council in 1978, Jaica, Japan in 1984, Artslink, USA, 1994). He has been awarded numerous international awards (Tokyo Video Festival 1984, Locarno 1984, Alpe/Adria Film Festival, Trieste 1996). He received the award "Josip Račić" in 1995 and the City of Zagreb Award in 1998. His works are part of the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ZKM, Karlsruhe; New York Public Library; Kontakt/Erste Bank; Beč etc. He was teaching and the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb and Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Since 2008 he teaches at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka.