Shot in a single continuous take, Restless features the artist moving around an empty auditorium, continually changing seats. She climbs over rows and chairs, moving from the centre to the periphery, from the front to the back to the middle, as if searching for a seat that is more comfortable, that offers a better view, or that is in some other way “more right.”
At the heart of this rule-based video is a single task whose precise purpose remains deliberately undealt with. Exploring the relation between a human figure and space, the piece enacts a journey through both the physical space of an empty auditorium as well as the space of the frame of the image. The artist’s apparent search for a particular vantage point, or for a position that somehow ‘works’ points to a thread in Horvat’s work concerned with establishing presence, marking and figuring out one’s place, all while negotiating live this moment – here and now – live in front of the camera.
Insults and Praises, 2003
A collaboration with Tim Etchells
About the Two of Us, 2007
Oaths and Partisan Songs from Memory, 2002