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Kozakis, Nicolas & Raoul Vaneigem
Kozakis b. 1967, Liège, Belgium; lives and works in Brussels, Belgium
Vaneigem b. 1934, Lessines, Belgium; lives and works in Brussels
Un moment d’éternité dans le passage du temps, 2010-11 Video, 5 min. 20 sec.
A Moment of Eternity in the Passage of Time is a black and white video projection with images by visual artist Nicolas Kozakis and text by philosopher and writer Raoul Vaneigem. The work was shot in Mount Athos, a remote peninsular mountain in northern Greece, which is home to a number of Greek Orthodox monasteries. Access to the area is restricted to few visitors and women are not allowed. The video unfolds in an undisclosed location by the sea. A lone immigrant construction worker builds a traditional stone house at his own pace, stopping now and then to smoke a cigarette and to contemplate the magnificent, totally still view of the sea. Time seems almost to stand still. Vaneigem’s existential, poetic text builds on the contemplative pace of the images, reflecting on the nature of contemporary life and its obsession with work, productivity and success, at the expense of the true experience of life itself. The text muses on the current impasse and the predatory nature of capitalism, which has reduced life to its “mere shadows.” The lonely figure of the worker recalls the myriad migrants who are exploited as a cheap source of labour all over the planet. Critical and utopian at once, it argues for the need to reinvent a new, more humane vision of the world, closer to nature. Finally, the work advocates deceleration, the merits of the “slowness of life” and the fundamental driving force of life: love. KG