SQUAT is a series of videos, sculptures and Virtual Reality-tech taking their departure from the aesthetics, apparatuses and ideologies of the fitness industry. In the gym your only concern is yourself, you are anywhere and nowhere, enclosed by a hallowed space where decay and worries from the outside world seems absent. Tutorial#8 SQUAT refer to the subjects failure to act adequately on instruction. In its iteration at PODIUM Oslo the visitors are encouraged to take the VR-system for a test run, letting its constructed, virtual environment overlap the installation in the exhibition space.
SQUAT---UAT at Podium Oslo included a 15 minute session with VR glasses and a personal trainer to test your physical limits. Possible to book via a booking site http://squat.marenjk.net
SQUAT materialises the virtual and breaches the escapism inherent in the popular presentation of the new VR-medium, bringing your attention to the haptic, shaking, fleshy body stuck in the centre. In a society always adapting to the newest demands, the body emerges as the image of the rebel.
Exercise mat 4x3 m.
Machine cut foam with fitted fake leather cover in the shape of the negative spaces the body makes in the exercises squat, plank and sit-up.
HTC Vive VR Headset.
PT in branded tracksuit.
Follows a script that takes about 10 min. Touching, whispering and comforting is essential.
Excerpt from script:
Does the cushion fit? Any resistance?
If your position is not optimal, try to move into another, more comfortable position.
It is made after ideal measurements.
Its not your fault if you do not fit completely.
That’s why I am here to help.
You’re allowed to try some more. Come on!
This is where strength is born and excuses come to die.
Ole Petter Ribe/Maren Dagny Juell 2017)