animation, DVD and quicktime, sound
Nicking the Never is a multi-linear installation that incorporates screen-based animated narratives into a sculptural interface. Composed of allegories about a young girl stuck in a kinetic world of emotional pitfalls, this kaleidoscopic trip into the states of selfhood bases its structure in the Tibetan Buddhist Wheel of Existence, whose images luridly and vividly describe the human struggle with need, jealousy, complacence, aggression, desire, and ego. Borrowing this emotional taxonomy, Nicking the Never unfolds in six corresponding short chapters: Guzzle, Bash, Buoy, Smash, Nuzzle, and Dash.
The premiere of Nicking the Never took place in Dec 2004- Jan 2005 at FACT in Liverpool, UK. In this large-scale installation, seven DVD players projected their discrete realms onto seven 2 meter screens, each with a speaker overhead. Located sound helped to spatially orient the material in space. The viewer wandered through the labyrinth of screens.
Nicking the Never was first shown as a work-in-progress at the Kitchen in New York, May 2004. Monitors were arranged in a circle of six realms, with a hub at the center. Continuous animated loops of the girl’s physical gestures embodied the contents of each realm. Viewers activated the sub-animations via sensors embedded in six discs on the floor that mirrored the circular structure of the screens. Stepping on a disc triggered a realm, and all realms could be activated at once, by multiple users, creating a sonorous cacophony of parts.
Colorado College, CO Feb 2007
Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA March 2006
Diverseworks, Houston, TX January 2006
FACT, LIverpool, UK December 2004 - January 2005
The Kitchen, New York, May 2004
Creative Capital, 2001
The Jerome Foundation, 2002
Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowship, 2003
QUICKTIME of INSTALLATION DOCUMENTATION from FACT, UK 2004-2005
STILL IMAGES from FACT, UK 2005
INDIVIDUAL QUICKTIME CLIPS of the animations from Nicking the Never
QUICKTIME of INSTALLATION DOCUMENTATION from the Kitchen, 2004
STILL IMAGES of INSTALLATION DOCUMENTATION from the Kitchen, 2004
GALLERY INSTALLATION INTRODUCTION by Diane Barber, Visual Arts Director, Diverse Works, Houston TX
PURCHASE a CATALOGUE of Nicking the Never and Pussy Weevil, with an essay by Rosemary Heather, produced by Michael Connor, FACT, UK
Conceived, directed, and animated by Marina Zurkow
Music: Lem Jay Ignacio
Technology: Julian Bleecker
Installation Design(The Kitchen): Palmer Moss & Marina Zurkow
Title Design: Nancy Nowacek
DVD Authoring: Clint Bagwell Consulting
Nicking The Never is a project of Creative Capital, with generous support from Creative Capital, The Jerome Foundation, and The Media Arts Fellowship (supported By The Rockefeller Foundation).