Balázs Kicsiny, Killing Time (detail), 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Balázs Kicsiny

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Balázs Kicsiny, Killing Time (detail), 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable.

As a visiting artist at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in Saint Louis last spring, Hungarian artist Balázs Kicsiny spent two months collaborating with graduate students in the production of his most recent installation, Killing Time, 2012. The room-size work involves four life-size figures—those of a chef, a waitress, and two diners. With their faces shrouded and their heads capped with military helmets outfitted with video-surveillance cameras, they were carefully positioned in a circuslike arena such that the chef stood poised to throw knives at the waitress, who had been strapped to a spinning disk at the far end of the space. Meanwhile, the seated diners, cutlery in hand, gazed intently at monitors that were embedded, in lieu of place settings, directly into the tabletop. Live-feed video from the chef’s and waitress’s cameras streamed

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