A word a day to be wiped away, 2015
Video installation, CCA Tbilisi. Curated by Mariam Natroshvili.
Cage made out of wire and wood. Inside the cage: a blue plinth with a mirror, 30 cleaning rags hanging from the ceiling (the rags are used during the opening), a news-kebab which is a collection of local newspapers, the video nose (1’, loop, 2003) on view on a screen mounted on a tripod, the video a discussion with Nargiza Arjevanidze (30’, loop, 2015) which shows the researcher and lecturer of the Tbilisi state university in discussion with CCA students on issues of a government law concerning gender quote equality in Georgia. Outside the cage: Some yellow furniture for sitting, reading and working.
The reading room
Two yellow paint lines on two walls, wall writings with 60 specific words to erase from the vocabulary (one word per person). 11 different translations of the wealth manifesto (2010) from english to georgian are on display as digital prints on glossy paper on the wall. The translations have been realised by CCA students. Some yellow furniture for sitting, reading and working.
During the opening, visitors can erase a word in the reading room. To get a cleaning rag out of the exchange-cage, visitors need to give a valuable object as a deposit on the mirror-surface of the blue plinth. Once the word is erased, the rag gets back in the exchange-cage and the visitors get back their valuable object. Every used rag, hanging again from the ceiling, contains the dust of the word which has been erased.
The words to be wiped away from the vocabulary have been contributed by all kind of people from Tbilisi. A total of 60 words were collected. Some of the words contain a double meaning or stand for a specific sense which is often linked to all kind of stories.