Mančuška, Ján / I Turn Towards the Corner Guided by the Walls
Laser-cut aluminium letters, steel cable, 185 × 500 × 300 cm
purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
In the text installation I turn towards the corner guided by the walls, Mančuška explores variant narratives composed according to a pre-determined key, which gives rise to eight different possible readings of a text. Two suspended fields of text with mutually interconnected meanings are brought together. Using the key, reading from left to right, we reach the first column, which tells a story in the first person singular form. In the second column, this narrative is commented in the third person. Though these text fields represent inversions of each other’s content, they both describe one (absurd) situation in which a person is lost in a room and is then found lying on the floor. Within these eight different readings, textual compositions are blended together, generating specific semantic shifts.