The Ballad of Ion Lupescu

 

To resume again...

Lacanian Biology
and the Event
of the Body
J
ACQUES-ALAIN MILLER

Gender and Sexuation
R
ICHARD KLEIN

The Great Divide
T
HOMAS SVOLOS

The Absence of
the 20th Century
G
ÉRARD WAJCMAN

Il n'y a pas de
rapport religieux

S
LAVOJ ZIZEK

Rosemarie Trockel
J
OSEFINA AYERZA

The Ballad of
Ion Lupescu

In the beginning was the Word... - John 1:1
THE STORY

The Ballad of Ion Lupescu recounts the odyssey of a celebrated Romanian athlete sometime after the fall of the Ceausescu regime. In 1993, yielding to a long-awaited opportunity to try his luck in the New World, Ion Lupescu defected from his homeland and settled in an emerging suburb of Los Angeles. There, evidently feeling somewhat isolated at the edge of the Mojave desert, the track star and national hero spends his days training, running across the landscapes and traversing the many construction sites of the new city. [ ]

What do individualism or social conquests imply when it comes to the need for images? What does an individual expect from images that, unlike the images of advertising, would not exist to hide other images, but would open up onto something else?

 

* video with Pieter Schoolwerth

 

I consider the sculpture to be the fortress in which the film rests, peacefully awaiting the moment someone removes the lid off the box and takes out the DVD to watch it. There are other things inside the sculpture as well, such as the rolled up diagram in the tube - the complete screen play - and a yellow plastic sheet upon which appears a sentence written in one of the secret alphabets regulating the film. These and other clues can help the viewer apprehend the precise construction of the narrative. Every design element of the sculpture, further, is also used in the shaping of the video itself.

 



THE BALLAD OF ION LUPESCU: OR 222 MINUTES TO LIVE, Plexiglas, DVD, and mixed media, 2000