16.03 - 25.03
The installation Disco Wilhelm Reich (1998/2007) takes its vantage point from the laden interiors of discotheques. The work consists of a wooden box, the interior covered with metallic paint . It is illuminated by colorful hobby-room disco lights and thus poses as a dance floor. With its succinct form and materiality the makeshift discotheque, moreover, contains a hidden reference to the Orgone accumulator, the Orgone box developed by the psycho-analyst Wilhelm Reich in 1939. Based on Freud's theory of the "Libido", Reich advanced a theory of the orgasm and believed to have found a scientific explanation of the orgasmic reflex in so-called Orgone radiation. In accordance with the assumption that organic matter was attracting Orgone energy while metals were refracting them again, he constructed a metal box enclosed in timber - the Orgone accumulator which he used in the therapy of neuroses, later also in healing physical ailments.
The installation is flanked by a slideprojection showing a series of filmstills from classic seventies dancemovies like Saturday Night Fever, Thank God It´s Friday and Carwash, combining these with images from the movie on Reich "W.R.-Mysteries of the Organism" by Dusan Makavejev.
Schlamm (2001) is a video consisting of two parallel narratives presented as a splitscreen; one showing mediations on the interior of Haludovo Hotel, built in the early 1970's on the Croatian island Krk, back then still part of the communist, but non-aligned (block-free) Yugoslavia. The architect was Boris Magas, and one of the investors Bob Guccioni, the publisher of the Penthouse magazine. The other narrative is a reenactment of the activities taking place in the former Yugoslavian communist youth camps, where kids were frolicking in the grass, drinking, eating apples and rolling around in the mud all day. At least according to Lulic.