(This is all about patience)
Once on the beach on a sunny day in the middle of the summer, my friend and I were having a great recreational experience. One of my hobbies in life is doing things that are considered irrational by casual people, so on that peaceful day I was enjoying watching plants grow. I was exercising my patience and at the same time expanding my thoughts about this idea - that everything that is around us is equally entertaining. If you are patient enough you can find random object so interesting, worth of observing and exploring, so unbelievably beautiful, till the point that you fall in love with it, a stone, for example... In my case it was a plant. The fact that it is absolutely live, it actually grows, turns to follow the sun, changes appearance all the time, but it is happening so slowly that it is impossible for us to notice, that made me think of a little experiment. How patient are people?
Probably it was just me, but at that day I thought I actually see this plant move it's roots in searching of a moister soil, and so I decided to actually recreate this beautiful action using mechanisms. What I actually did is I simulated the action of the roots moving, but I speeded it up, so it becomes possible to see. But still not fast enough to notice it easily. It takes about 10 - 15 seconds to spot the movement for the first time, then you see it all the time.
At the exhibition in my academy, where I participated, I installed this work. I was taking my time to watch people check it out, and just as I thought, almost every one was passing by without noticing anything, though they respectively stared at it for a few seconds. But once someone actually spotted the movement they where immersed in it. The moving sand is actually quite entertaining and enjoyable to watch. After one person spotting the movement the audience around this work grows rapidly, then slowly diminishes until the point when the last knowing person leaves and the moment of silence starts over.
I see it as a kind of a game, if the viewer owns some kind of vision or mindset that allows him to spot the action, he gets rewarded by a beautiful spectacle. If not he gets nothing.
For the solo show that I had in February 2017, I was playing around with directing the viewers experience while they walk around the exhibition. The LSD was also a part of this tryout (based on the fact that the room had a shape of the letter L , so it had one inward corner). The viewers experience was following. Person walks into the crowded room where the exhibition happens, the first thing he sees is this glass box filled with sand and a plant in it, and a group of people around and staring at it. He walks to it and tries to understand, but after seeing nothing he shortly walks further. There he sees all of the other works and has different experiences (I wont describe it here). And after going around the exhibition he approaches the last piece, which is actually a TV playing a video that you have seen above. After watching the video and realizing what was this first piece about, he moves two meters more and right around the corner there is The LSD again. So he walks to it and becomes the one of those who stare at it, while new people come in.