<em>Nicking the Never</em>

Marina Zurkow
Nicking the Never, 2004
Custom software (color, sound), seven-channel animated video installation
Dimensions variable, horizontal orientation

Nicking the Never is a multi-linear installation that incorporates screen-based animated narratives into a sculptural interface. Composed of allegories about a young girl stuck in a kinetic world of emotional pitfalls, this kaleidoscopic trip into the states of selfhood bases its structure in the Tibetan Buddhist Wheel of Existence, whose images luridly and vividly describe the human struggle with need, jealousy, complacence, aggression, desire, and ego. Borrowing this emotional taxonomy, Nicking the Never unfolds in six corresponding short chapters: Guzzle, Bash, Buoy, Smash, Nuzzle, and Dash.

The premiere of Nicking the Never took place in Dec 2004- Jan 2005 at FACT in Liverpool, UK. In this large-scale installation, seven DVD players projected their discrete realms onto seven 2 meter screens, each with a speaker overhead. Located sound helped to spatially orient the material in space. The viewer wandered through the labyrinth of screens.


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