zoran srdić janežič | corpus indeterminata iii d

Ida Hiršenfelder has collaborated as a curator and text writer with Zoran Srdić and Gulag in the second stage of Corpus Indeterminata project entitled Corpus Indeterminata III D [*Undefined body III D]. The second stage was a stopover point for the eponymous durational multi-media art project. The first part was launched already at the end of the year 2010 at the Alkatraz Gallery in Ljubljana, where the author, Srdić Janežič, used pork fat to cast a mould of his own body with a pig’s head. His final goal is to produce an inverted image: to cast a mould of a pig’s body with his own head from his own leaf fat, in order to test how this kind of turn discloses the apparent social autonomy of the art system, and at the same time to uncover the categorical apparatus at the basis of the anthropocentric value system and its ideas of the body and its extracts. With these acts Srdić Janežič opens the discussion on valuing the original, the copy and its multiples, on the investment of the body in a performative act, and on the expanded corporeality of a surgical procedure, which hypothetically allows for a multitude of possible uses of the body without yielding to the conventional functions of medicine, science or art. The second phase of the project was an indispensable link enabling a consistent implementation of the process in which Srdić Janežič first scanned his head, and then also scanned the body of a pig, as part of a public event in June 2013 at Kultural Incubator in Maribor. The 3D scan created a miniaturised mould of a pig with the artist’s head, which was, as a sample, cast in ice and exhibited as a central part of the second stage of Corpus Indeterminata at Layer’s House in Kranj. The motive behind this miniaturisation is key for understanding this conceptual turn, although it is of an entirely practical nature: the artist, who will in the end pour his own body fat into a mould, has at his disposal only a limited quantity of this material, while the pig lard supposedly wells forth from seemingly inexhaustible sources. Read the rest of the text in the following publication:

[catalogue title] Zoran Srdić Janežič, Corpus indeterminata
[artist] Zoran Srdić Janežič
[editor] Jana Putrle
[authors of texts] Miha Colner, Petja Grafenauer, Ana Grobler, Ida Hiršenfelder, Jana Putrle
[number of pages] 124
[language] Slovene, English
[publisher, year]Institute for contemporari art an culture Gulag, Ljubljana, 2013

[exhibition title] Corpus indeterminata III D
[artist] Zoran Srdić Janežič
[curator] Ida Hiršenfelder
[3D modeling] Jan Sterniša
[photo by] Sunčan Patrick Stone
[production] Institute for Contemporary Art and Culture Gulag
[producer] Jana Putrle
[coproduction] MKC Maribor Cultural Incubator, KUD Kranj, Carnica, Layer House, Prešeren Theatre, Puppet Theatre Ljubljana
[supported by] Ministry of Culture, Republic of Slovenia, Kranj Municipaliry, Maribor Municipaliry, Ortotip, TKK Srpenica

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