Sergiy Petlyuk / / Сергій Петлюк

Tolerated Violence


Multichannel video installation
(construction, monitors, videos), dimensions variable


Violence similarly to cancer hits the very core of a human being. Having manifested invisibly in small acts of cruelty in childhood, it is reinforced by the tolerance towards more significant acts of aggression in adulthood. At some point, violence can suddenly erupt into an act of actual physical destruction. To a certain extent, we all traumatized by its multifaceted manifestations: we practice it every day, we rationalize and justify it, and we become aware of it only when our violent behaviour reaches new levels.

We stop noticing aggression when it turns into social practice, happens to be a part of our culture or gets a media frame. The media kill us every time they present violence as something mundane. We become victims of our devices, our mechanical and media bodies.

Numerous monitors, TVs, and tablets of various configurations, age, and size together constitute a media monument. Each device transmits a video of a framed body part. The installation itself is reminiscent of an abstract human body, parts of which react to external stimuli with a shiver. The viewer does not see the irritants causing pain, while only observing the body's responses to it.