Patrik Proško

Overpressure

Installation for Respekt festival

Prague

2016

Overpressure

I feel like a fusion of a plowshare with a semi-trailer truck pushing a giant weight of energetic matter in front of itself and at the same time dragging a lot of it behind itself. Both these masses of matter are mental in nature, one struggling to create the future and the other bearing the burden of the already created. I feel like a supernova that is simultaneously collapsing into itself and exploding with a gigantic shockwave. And this whole process is happening at an unbelievable speed. I am in overpressure. The explosions of supernovae are the main source of all chemical elements heavier than iron and the only source of many other important elements. For example, all calcium in our bones and all gold, uranium, and other elements were synthetized during supernovae explosions billions of years ago. Supernovae eject heavy elements into interstellar matter and thus enrich the molecular clouds in which new stars are born. The activity of supernovae significantly affected the composition of the Solar System and ultimately made possible the chemistry of life on Earth as we know it. (Source: translation from Czech Wikipedia) And that is how it is with us as well. Perhaps I am but a resonance of an ancient supernova explosion and all heavy elements in my body are brought to consciousness only so that they could eventually create a new star. It is, however, difficult to be in overpressure. Something wants to come out badly, it is like giving birth, but continuously. The times we are living in are fast, I am fast as well, and I do everything fast, too. I walk fast, I eat fast, I sleep fast – and I created this installation fast.

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