8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End (Channel 03)
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Channel 3, the third screen in the video installation 8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End, depicts fragmented images of Laotian children and nature in Laos. The children appear at first glance to be alternately sleeping, singing and dancing when in reality they are mimicking and reenacting the horrors of war as depicted in mass media images. The seven seemingly peaceful girls sleeping in the pink bed are indeed all clutching a rifle. Abramovic presents and at the same time criticizes how easily violence can and does enter our living rooms.