1997, video (documentation of performance)
The street performance Jedan (One), which was videotaped,
was performed by Ivana Jelavia in Split, in front of the local
government building. Her intention was to verify the need
to develop her inner personal universe, the need to communicate
with her fellow human beings, the quality of this communication
and the interrelationships between her own and other "inner"
universes. The performance opens with the artist drawing a
spiral on the ground with a white chalk. From the initial
point, the spiral soon expands in ever greater circles, taking
up a large part of the sidewalk. The drawing represents the
progression of personal development, while in the course of
its creation it comes into contact with other people. This
brings into play interactivity and communication. Each personal
contact changes the artist as well as the passer-by. In order
for their contact to be authentic and sincere, a "minor death"
is necessary - the forgetting of oneself in order to establish
the closest possible relationship with others. On the ground
remains a symbolic drawing of her and other signs which are
merged into a uniform shape. The project was staged there
because the street represents a venue of human congregation
and because it intensifies the significance of communication.
The artist says that the essential element that most affects
the establishment of this, as well as of her other works,
is not so much the external circumstances and events, as the
power of inner mental processes. The human inner world (the
soul and spirit) unfolds continuously, changing its limits,
constantly moving along the edge between the micro and the
macro universe, between the "I" and "the other". And it is
precisely these mental processes, this power, that wants to
break out and be embodied.