This work originated as a multichannel installation, the arrangement of which proceeded from the geometry of traditional mass compositions. It was an attempt to bring the experience of mass physical exercise (AllSokol gathering, Spartakiad) closer to the audience and to become a participant. Except for the immersive situation, the video diverts the attention in a different direction: to the protagonists’ motions and expressions.
The work thematises the historical development of mass compositions, the contemporary deviation from these kinds of exercises and the transformation of their social meanings. Therefore the protagonists are the oldest gymnasts who experienced many gatherings and Spartakiads. I see the memories that the gymnasts’ bodies retain, along with the traditional uniforms worn by Sokol members as an eloquent shortcut on the way to all similar topics.
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In the Same Breath