I stand in the bathroom with a kitchen knife as I’m cutting off yet another dose of a good night’s bliss from the sleeping pill. I take out a quarter of a pill – the presence of the moment dilutes a tad and the despaired mind begins to chase a whirlpool of thoughts. The cut quarter is put in a pouch and the rest of the mass glides away against the sleek surface of the room; at the moment when it should stop, the envisioned associations begin to contemplate the sleepless night, something along the lines of an overplayed old-school Action RPG video game. I throw a glance at the pill; it’s got to be Pac-Man – is that a coincidence, or not? Because of their complexity, arcade games seem quite close to the modern day Action RPG genre, though generally that doesn’t really matter – the pill just stops like that, so what? Yet sleep and the action in it is being put aside – I google the original version of Pac-Man in online mode, a creation of Toru Iwantani, and by the clicks of the arrows on the keyboard I start to play. The 8-bit sounds encourage me even more to put off my bedtime – level after level and the timeless GAME OVER appears again and again, until the battery window pops up on the screen, warning me to plug in the computer at its critical 4%. I wake up the next morning with a sore throat and a cold..
Participants: Monta Andžejevska, Vents Āboltiņš, Katrīna Čemme, Krista Dzudzilo, Reinis Dzudzilo, Kaspars Groševs, Indriķis Ģelzis, Jānis Klaučs, Ģirts Korps, Maija Kurševa, Ieva Kraule, Andrejs Lavrinovičs, artists’ group 3/8 (Jānis Dzirnieks, Jānis Krauklis, Rihards Rusmanis and Kristiāna Marija Sproģe), artists’ group F5 (Līga Marcinkeviča, Mārtiņš Ratniks and Ieva Rubeze), Darya Melnikova, Anta Pence, Ojārs Pētersons, Kaspars Podnieks, Krišs Salmanis, Alise Sondore, Līga Spunde, Klāvs Upaciers, Evita Vasiļjeva, Oskars Veilands, Lidija Zaneripa, Brigita Zelča-Aispure, Armands Zelčs.
Latvian National Museum of Art
07.10. - 19.11.2017