Pattern for a Procession with Two Masks (2007)
(led by Clay, Whitstable, Kent and by Branislav Dimitrijević, Voždovac, Belgrade)
80 x 35mm slide carousel projection
As part of a larger project, Design for a Carnival, Adam Chodzko created a series of three 81 x 35mm slide projections (Pattern for a Procession with Two Masks, 2007, Guide for a Parade with Two Masks and Plan for a Parade with Two Masks both 2004). Each propose a carnival route for the viewer, alternating consecutive slides between the ‘wearing’ of one Mask Filter (over the camera lens) and another, and between one location and another. Pattern for a Procession with Two Masks alternates between a route led by Clay, through the alleyways and patches of wasteland around Whitstable, Kent and another, a tour, led by Branislav Dimitrijević, through Voždovac, Belgrade, Serbia. The final image sequence is a proposition for a possible parade route, impossible to fulfil physically because of its vacillation between two global sites, therefore existing as deferral, a suggestion, and an experience of a carnival procession that might therefore operate in the imagination only, in the relationship between art object and viewer.
For each of the three processions in this series Chodzko was led by a local guide, sometimes a child, sometimes a passerby, on a meandering path through their familiar territory. (For Pattern… Branislav Dimitrijević was one of the curators of the group exhibition, Breaking Step at the MoCA, Belgrade that Chodzko was exhibiting in, with Pattern… made shortly before the exhibition opened and included in the final installation).
Pattern for a Procession with Two Masks uses:
Mask Filter (2007), Camera lens adapter, ‘pick-up sticks’, brake cable, scoubidou strings, washers, CD packaging, rings. Approx 23 x 26 x 40cm.
Mask Filter (2007), Camera lens adapter, sterling silver, Super 8 film leader, kinder egg toys, packaging tape, poppy heads, model kit frames. Approx 23 x 26 x 40cm.
As with Better Scenery (2000 – ), Ants Choose Position for Sequins – 2 Seconds Interval (2003), White Magic (2005), Because… (2013) and O, you happy roots, branch and mediatrix (2020) etc, Pattern for a Procession with Two Masks operates in the vibrating space between two apparently disconnected sites apparently communicating with each other. Like Night Shift (2004), M-path (2006), Ghost (2010), Props. For memorising the gravity of mime objects. (2013) the work evolves from a process and becomes a proposal for the audience to adopt a particular form of physical movement through an existing space in order to transform perception.