The possession of an independent sense of emergent identity is a major concern of Levan Songulashvili, and is further indicated by his System of Objects video-sculpture installation, that deals specifically with singularity and the collective through means of repetition.



A singular figure stands transfixed in the centre and median point of the concourse of the Oculus building in New York (close to the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre), while all around him foot passengers are shown walking backwards as in a state of repetitive reverse gear.


And we as participant spectators add ourselves to the greater view over the balloon-like heads of a putative audience. It evokes the question of our own daily life of conformity and senseless repetition.



The video was developed from and related to the painting Idem et Idem, a Latin usage of repetition (literally “Same and the same”) revealing a close and immediate intimacy between the artist’s time-based film and video works and paintings.

— Mark Gisbourne


© Giorgi Dadiani, 2018.





© Yuriko Takagi, 2018.






ERTI Gallery