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To Attempt to Become Other, Secretly or Not
Video projection, text, soil, lights, lithops, plaster and water
HD video 14:20 min loop, silent


For George Bataille, the figure of the Acéphale (headless being) represented the possibility of emancipation from rational thought, it is a “a being that doesn’t know prohibition. A being that makes me laugh because it is headless, who fills me with anguish because s/he is made of innocence and crime.”

Within ‘To Attempt to Become Other, Secretly or Not’ the Acéphale is caught by the camera, moving awkwardly through a forest at night. It is unaware, or perhaps uninterested, in the camera’s presence, instead it follows a logic of movement that appears strange and (un)reasonable.


Video credits:
Producer: Anže Peršin, Stenar Projects; Performer: Vânia Rovisco; DOP: Mário Melo Costa; Production assistant: Diana Svihlova; Gaffer: Ze Manuel; Post production: Loudness films; special effects: Pedro Vicente; colourist: Jennifer Mendes
Thanks to: Sara Magno; Anže Peršin; João Chaves; Paulo da Silva; and Trygve Luktvasslimo

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body
Installation view: 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney
Images courtesy: Stelios Papdakis


  Installation view, Ar Sólido, Lisbon
images: Marco Pires

> Exhibition documentation (PDF)