ANNIKA KORHONEN

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Tick-tock on the clock // but the party don't stop

Year: 2020

Medium: two-channel video installation

Duration: 18'20'' loop

There is both a sense of safety and unease in repetition. Listening to a repeated sound or watching a gesture being performed over and over can be a meditative experience or a very distressing one. At once mesmerizing and threatening, repetition both enhances and diminishes the meaning of what is being repeated.


Obsessive-compulsive disorder has repetition at its core. A person with OCD engages in repetitive behaviours or rituals to relieve anxiety caused by obsessions, to get rid of intrusive thoughts or to prevent something terrible from happening. This kind of behaviour might seem funny or exaggerated to someone watching from the outside. In popular culture, people suffering from OCD are often one-sidedly portrayed as being obsessed with cleanliness and order. In everyday language and social media, the term “OCD” is used to define perfection and enjoyable actions, which are far from the reality of the disorder.


In my video installation I approach OCD from the perspective of contemporary art, translating it to a form where it becomes something other than a medical condition. Through my work, I aim to provide a portrayal that does not exploit or use OCD as a peculiar character trait. My work presents a continuous search for a final state of relief through measures that fail to deliver it. What does it feel like to continually try to ease your anxiety through actions that disrupt your life but never end up providing conclusive reassurance? I use a mental disorder as material for a creative process, wishing to turn a distressing state into an artwork to reflect on. Be it either a relaxing or an unpleasant experience, I explore an extremity of the human condition in hopes of unravelling new aspects of it to the viewer.

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