Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK
Verdeel en Heers, 1989
"My starting-point for the installation “The 5th Force” was the making of a cult-room in which various and supplementary moral survival systems exist simultaneously. The presence is continuous and complete, so that anytime one enters the space, an ethical overall picture is impressed, a picture of what defines us Westerners, wittingly or unwittingly, in most of our behavior and rational development. The information-currents happen in certain rhythms and contain atheist as well as religious ideologies, rosicrucians, black magic, freemasons, information-cults, evolutionary cults, pagan incantations, popular culture, artificial intelligence. I call it a mystic work because my main motive is the liquidation of adversary, the re-unification of what was torn apart in the beginning of mankind. 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 halves of the brain, 2 hands, 2 feet. One always needs 2 to experience depth, to enter anything profoundly, including consciousness. The pain which removes the Self from oneself is called consciousness. By showing all this together I try to liquidate these divisions which refrain us to exceed certain limits. More specific the limits which refrain us from feeling the unity with all that’s been created. This is a work in progress, in other words, this work evolves every time it is shown, it is refined, replenished and amplified, it becomes clearer and completer. I see this work as a melting pot of all elements I’ve been working with in the past 20 years."