Don’t Follow The White Rabbit, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Feb. 2013
Dealing with the inner demons, keepers and shamans who inhabit ones thoughts is the feeling lingering behind the work titled „Don’t Follow The White Rabbit“. „Those demons come to life through my skin, where they’re etched in the form of tattoos. Just as the drawings and graffiti on public city walls represent my fortress in the public space” says OKO presenting this multimedia installation reacting to sounds and stimulations. Depending on the level of noise and the sounds of voice the programmed animation reacts to it influencing the main drawing on the wall.
There are three phases of the program:
1. A phase of complete silence and expansion. The White Rabbit has a shadow illusion moving around it, and the Universe moves slowly in the background. The Rabbit is calm and at peace. Anything is possible and there are no boundaries. It symbolizes us as brave and daring, when we are not afraid of any “earthly” obstacle around us while searching for individual imaginary world and ideas.
2. A phase of human presence / a phase of boundary. If a sound appears in the room (e.g. a conversation or any other sound that might inhabit the space) the Universe recedes within the contours of the Rabbit, which now stands alone in the dark while its outer contours vibrate. When we face being criticized, or we fall into a trap of our own doubts (the outer influences); we get startled and crawl back into our shells. Our personal Universe is no longer ours alone, and although we might be scared we still “pulsate” to the savors of the outer world. If the room falls silent, the Rabbit becomes three-dimensional again and the Universe expands from it into the room. If a sudden noise or rant appears the third phase emerges.
3. A phase of noise and retrieval. If a sudden noise appears (in the form of yelling or high rant) the calm and static, or even the pulsating inner Universe; the Rabbit stops shining in color, becoming just a negative – a white drawing pulsating immensely. If we yell, it dissolves into small white particles. When we fall into the “noise” of the world around us so it completely rattles us, we stop having strength to pulsate our spirit. We seize to exist becoming a soulless matter.
The installation “Don’t Follow The White Rabbit” represents the search for our own spirit and peace which is needed in order for us to grow, to remind us that every one of us is a vast Universe.
In 2017 “Don’t Follow The White Rabbit” has been included in the permanent collection of The Museum of the contemporary art in Zagreb.