Practicing Procedures of Killing, 2016. Two Channel Video Installation.
author at the present time is contemplating the story of murder which
goes back to a conflict between the two sons of Adam and Eve: Abel and
Cain. Cain killed Abel and thus committed the first murder in the
history of humankind. When Cain killed Abel, God was both the only
witness and the prosecution; and was, at once, the judge and the jury.
And at the time, the witness gave testimony; the prosecution
prosecuted; the jury deliberated; the judge ruled; and Cain was
condemned. The condemnation has reverberated through time – as has the
act itself and its implications. Muhammad, the founder of Islam, once
remarked: "No soul is wrongfully killed except that some of the burden
falls upon the son of Adam, for he was the first to establish the
practice of murder." Whereas Muhammad, in this quote, constructs
attribution and, perhaps by some stretch of imagination, a chain of
blame, there is need to return to the original act of murder itself,
and reinterpret it to construct new meanings.
Procedures of Killing” looks at the first murder in the history to
establish the possible last murder on earth and all the others
the two channel installation, the author invited young actors to
reenact the story of the first murder. Participants were given
instructions in a Waiting Room, where they were videotaped as they
spoke, waited, ate, rehearsed and left. In the Recording Room, the
participants (two at a time) narrated the story in an improvised manner
and in so doing, become a part of the story itself in reenacting it.
the camera only recorded the end of their performances wherein the
participants, unmoving, try to hold their breath so that their death
may be established. However, the author continued to observe natural
behavior of the participants’ bodies with the help of the camera.