Faces appear on and behind transparent blocks. If you listen, you will learn that these people are military personnel who have served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq or Afghanistan. They speak of how their physical and mental health suffered during their service. Some are sure to die of cancer, prematurely. You learn about their children, who suffer from birth defects or serious illnesses. In numerous interviews, subjects tell the artist about the effects of uranium ammunition. The technology is designed to penetrate massive armor; nano-particles thus released attach themselves to human cells, changing their structure. As they answer the artist’s questions, these people know that their bodies are going through a constant and aggressive transformation.
Bogomir Doringer has shifted the invisible physical changes to the external world, in the form of a sculpture made of ferrofluid, a highly magnetic liquid. It changes before the eyes of the public, and leads us inevitably to thoughts of what cannot be perceived: terrible, unseen physical changes. In his installation, Bogomir Doringer stages this scenario of latent threat, this paranoid atmosphere that has long ago taken over body and soul. The translucent screen actually even reveals ghosts, the so-called undead who report back from that intermediate realm, a place from which they may no longer escape. The artist is loath to convey the recounted horror through images, which tend to curdle into visual clichés. He prefers to tap into the power of uncanniness, a presence that only arises in the imagination, as a hint of the real terrors that exist in this world.
Text by Brigitte Felderer (The Digital Uncanny / Das Digitale Unheimliche)
4.3 FABIO MANISCALCO
Naples 1 August 1965
Was an Italian archaeologist, specialist for the protection of cultural property and an esayist. He has been the first Officer in the world to put into effect the rules of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Ex Officer of the Italian Army, he has created and directed the Teams for the safeguard of cultural property in Bosnia and Herzegovina(1995–1996) and in Albania. Since 1998 Fabio Maniscalco was a Director of the Observatory for Protection of Cultural Heritage in Areas of Crisis. He has directed projects and activities, about protection of cultural property, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Middle East, Algeria, Nigeria, Afghanistan.
Fabio Maniscalco has received many awards for his literary activity. In particular, he has received a Prize from the Italian "Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri" for the book Sarajevo. In 1997 Fabio Maniscalco was decorated by the President of Italy Oscar Luigi Scalfaro for his activity in the field on safeguarding the cultural property. He was decorated, with NATO and Italian medals for his service as officer during the peacekeeping missions IFOR and SFOR, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Alba, in Albania.
In the year 2007, most likely because of the exposure to the depleted uranium Fabio Maniscalco fell ill with an anomalous and rare shape of Aden-carcinoma of the pancreas.. He died in Naples on 1 February 2008, just few days before Bogomir Doringer received his contact number trough an Italian journalist and was about to give him a phone call.
Among huge works and devotion to protection of cultural heritage Fabio left behind his “golden biopsy”.
4.4 GOLDEN BIOPSY
4.5 LOOKING FOR MEMORIAL