video installaton, 11:27 min.
purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
Middle-Aged Woman does not take the form of a suspended text; the work is “suspended” only virtually, in the form of a video projection. Here Mančuška works with structural progressions. The text is uncovered as a form of mosaic, gradually revealing its content. The principle of adding new words to the text field not only shifts (and thus also transforms) the narrative; above all it creates tension as a result of the ongoing lack of clarity and the absence of a complete text. During the video, our minds have a tendency to view the story as something permanent, rushing to complete the text in our desire to understand it as an entity. However, Mančuška only gives us enough time to keep us in a state of interpretative uncertainty, which is then immediately replaced by a further fragment of text.