Elan Vital, 2009-2014
8 Photographs, 53 x 70 cm each
Courtesy of the artist
The work Elan Vital consists of a series of diagrammatic basketball offensive strategies and plays, imaged onto a number of basketball courts in Belgrade, Zaječar, Čačak, Herceg Novi, Kraljevo, Požega, and Vroclav in Poland. Seen in these contexts and on such spaces, it is possible to see the modalities of shaping and presenting theoretical frameworks, conceived of by the basketball coach, who works in order to translate his ideas onto the court.
The extreme contingencies of the timing and execution of both the players and the coach to execute the plays is readily legible. The precise moment the designed tactics are carried out, in most cases, decides the game. This moment brings the audience, along with the player-protagonists, together in a shared experience that is both unique and unrepeatable – a singularity. This moment, that means all the difference in the game, is the point in which sport transcends to the domain of art; the moment this singularity is achieved can be interpreted as the work of art.
The intervention tof placing the tactical diagrams on these courts has a unique effect on those playing basketball on the actual playground. In other words, they are directly reacting to the displayed offensive strategies, and are trying to repeat the moment that happened during the original game. They are trying to repeat it until they succeed to reconstruct it completely, identifying themselves with the players who performed the original action.
Elan Vital articulates the necessity to record and remember such moments, and the desire to reconstruct them, while aiming to memorize and restore them. There is an urge to re-realise these moments that remain rooted in memory. Only not in their original settings, for this is impossible. Rather, it is in a new setting, with new protagonists and a newly refreshed memory of its original iteration.
Predrag Terzić (1972, Belgrade, Serbia) graduated from the Belgrade Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting in 2000, Professor Čedomir Vasić’s class. Master’s degree at the same Academy. In 2001. Members of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia ( ULUS ). He obteined his PhD degree in the Interdisciplinary Studies of Theory of Art and Media, under the mentorship of Professor Divna Vuksanović, PhD, at the University of Arts, Belgrade.
After attaining his Master’s degree he began to exhibit intensively, both locally and abroad. His works are a part of several private collections. He has had 15 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 30 group exhibitions (Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Canada, Austria, US, Italy, Greece, BiH, Montenegro, Sweden, Poland).