„Euclid“ (complexe 14)

Picture overview

 

The piece is made up of two equally long strips of images assembled one over the other. Up to the middle of the strip, both actions precede identically, then the events in the lower strip change, to finally run parallel again on both strips.

The scene is simple, - a couple is watching television, she falls asleep, his telephone rings, he talks briefly on the phone, and then, after some slight hesitation, falls asleep as well. However, on the lower strip, he does not fall asleep. He stands up, walks through an imaginary house to the outside to meet his (obvious) mistress. A quarrel erupts, she “transforms” herself into a monstrous being, which throws a dead child in front of his feet, whereupon he goes back inside and falls asleep after a while.


The altered (also physical) actions of the performer in the lower strip disturb the otherwise highly static sequence of action (the couple in front of the television). This staged disruption corresponds with the bizarre contents of the story; - on the one hand, the cohesion of the couple is disturbed by his departure; on the other hand, what he experiences in the lower strip is clearly unreal (a disturbance of reality). The lower strip can thus also be understood as a mere “possibility” (wishful thinking, imagination, dream).