– reality transforming device, ready-made, 2012
The work Take a Break deals with the matrix of everyday, routine life and its simplest hack / crack – sexual pleasure. The everyday routine is presented by an office chair. A seemingly ordinary office chair can easily be transformed into a device for inducing sexual arousal. Take a Break deals with sexual pleasure and renewed enthusiasm as the primary system for logging out from ordinary reality. The chair is equipped with hidden accessories that are emphasizing a sexual experience; from standard vibrator and SM equipment to audiovisual brain stimulators.
Martina Mezak received her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia in 2001. She has exhibited and performed in numerous solo and group exhibitions and festivals (Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul, Korea; ZKM / Hgb / Karlsruhe, Germany; National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo, Japan, Turbulence.org; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; ISEA, Dubai, UAE).Martina’s work is based on multidisciplinary research in the fields of art, technology and cognition. It seeks to investigate human perception in relation with phenomenology of senses and possibilities of cognition. She is particularly interested in borders between comprehensible and incomprehensible experience and how it can affect the conception of one’s reality.