Produced in Stockholm with one of the last remaining knife throwers worldwide. The artist becomes the focus and he is also the target. Mullan chooses to be subjected to an old ritualistic fairground act. Central to the piece is the two man facing each other in their roles and respective professions. The performance is punctuated by the rhythm of the knives piercing into the turn table, also known as the “wheel of death”. The artist is deliberately encountering a feeling of mortality, total helplessness and compliance while there is an anticipation felt from him as well as the viewer. Curiosity and arousal of the ten knives being thrown ceremoniously and intermittently at the artist transports the viewer into the artist's place. With the fortuitous outcome a sense of relief is felt at the end of the performance. Simon Mullan is searching in all his work for the point of no return. He is also addressing the questions of masculinity, machoism, innate fear and pathos.
Simon Mullan lives and works in Stockholm and in Berlin. He was born in 1981 in Kiel, Germany. He grew up with three brothers and one sister in Austria, Vienna. He has been studying at he Applied Arts University of Vienna in the transmedial program with Brigitte Kowanz, and has then followed the one year study program at the Royal Fine Arts University in Stockholm at the video department. During his art studies, he has developed a very strong interest for video, which is often between motion picture and instant photography. At the end of his studies, having been studying with Harun Farocki and Ruth Noak, he has found a very peculiar aesthetic for his video work. His works are often simple and are characterized by brief stances, often ironic and humoristic. simonmullan.com
(Photo Credit: Petr Davydtchenko)