Title: Rhythm

Media: Single channel SD video
Duration: 10'45''
Year: 2001

Branimir Stojanović Trša (1958-2022), Žolt Kovač, Vera Večanski, Zdravko Janković, Dejan Kaluđerović






Five people are filmed standing on a stage while making the Christian-Orthodox sign of the cross, repetitively, following the techno music beat. What is in fact striking in Nikolic’s powerful video work Rhythm from 2001 is that it brings its viewers back to one of the first ideological formulas, which was written in the 18th Century by Blaise Pascal: “Kneel down, move your lips in prayer, and you will believe”. Ideology is in material practices, it resides in bodies and their rituals, and Nikolic renders these rituals redundant.

Branislav Dimitrijević
/From the New Moment Magazin No.20, special edition – East Art Map - A (Re)Construction of the History of Art in Eastern Europe/