3rd pavilion of VDNH.
The project is intended to demonstrate the development and transformation of Ukrainian youth creative thinking in the modern world of rapid changes and transformations, double standards and questionable truths. At first glance, there are no interconnections or intersections between the works. And it is so. This project only gives us the opportunity to see and feel the exposition about what is happening to each of us from the perspective of mediums of modern culture and society. Technical progress, social networks, alteration of consciousness and mind control through the network, artificial intelligence and artificial flesh, the perfect image cult, asexuality and virtuality of love, war, conquest of other territories and dimensions, rethinking ourselves in a common desire to rethink everyone in a heap, globalization and urbanization, the hope for change resulting from curvature or augmentation of reality. Now is the most appropriate time to talk about expanding the horizons of Ukrainian artists’ thinking and confident integration into the world art frame?
Participants: Alexey Zaitsev, Ivan Poltorachenko, Vitalina Boyarskaya, Mariya Krutogolova Irina Gnatenko, Dariya Filippova, Masha Romanenko, Anna Manankina, Nadezhda Smirnova, Bogdan Povarskaya, Marina Moskalenko, Olga Fedorova, Bogdan Pilipushko, Violetta Nagornaya, Alexey Revika, Aleksandr Volk, Mariya Magola, Oleg Pischu, Bogdan Moroz, Viktoriya Kashtanovaya-Kalashnik, Natalia Lesnaya, Vyacheslav Fokin, Patricia Pivosh, Timofei Maksimenko, Artem Prisyazhnyuk, Vitaly Pravditsky, art group Mutro, Ivan Pidgainyi, Astian Rey, Nadya Smirnova, Katya Sokolova, Elena Samarska, Valdemart Klyuzko, Sergei Zadoretsky, Tatyana Korneeva.
‘The Important Things’
Videos recorded on flash cards People tend to keep a consistent record of their lives and document everything that happens to them, they create huge archives of information that sometimes proves to be needless. In this work, the artist uses videos recorded on flash cards in the course of March 2017.
These videos show minor events of everyday life of one of the residential houses located in the bedroom community.
This work demonstrates the model of the consumer society and explores the trends within the middle class: adoption of permanent norms, the lack of dialogue and motivation, the desire for conservation.
People are moving further and further away from each other as they dive into the virtual reality created by products of two super industries: gaming and porn industry. The content produced by these industries allows people to create a shell which eliminates the need for communication with the outside world. Under such conditions, it’s much easier to download a shooter or porn movie, while the task of getting acquainted with another person or simply going out into the real world becomes more and more difficult.
The object presented in this work is a black female mannequin. Black color wasn’t chosen by chance: firstly, black is a vibrantly fake, rather than ‘real’ color of a human body. Secondly, black is the traditional color of gaming joystick.
Moreover, the mannequin has no head, no arms and no legs, but includes details that are ‘essential’ from the perspective of sex industry. These ‘details’ are covered with symbols that are usually seen on the gaming joystick.
The project is focused on highlighting issues related to the practice of using simulations, treating human body as an object and creating social barriers with the help of virtual reality.
‘Wings’ Сycle ‘Wings’
Сycle Famous Ukrainian writers are depicted as mythological winged creatures encapsulating their poetic talent.
These works are aimed at revealing the true artistic essence of writers as well as features of their talent that don’t correspond to their traditional public image: Lesya Ukrainka and her watercolor lightness, smoothness and cleanness; self-ironical Bogdan-Igor Antonych; dramatic and straightforward Olga Kobylyanska.
‘Skovoroda’ Cycle A series of works of art based upon the oeuvre of great philosopher whose artistic heritage is the sort of garden that exists in the mind of every thoughtful person and gives him the fulcrum for gaining victory over inner demons.
These pieces of work were executed with the use of collage technique.
Periodic performance and vocal show ‘Round and Round’ raises the issue of significance of an artist. What are the selection criteria, what are the casting call terms and conditions, who should serve on a jury? The form was born after a visit to Dovzhenko Center and a conversation with the curators of children’s zone. The play-yard was transformed into a circus arena with the overall objective being as follows: entertainment, isolation, restriction (freedom in specific situations). However, the focus was shifted from the center to the edges of the arena leaving the middle of arena empty. The artist stands between several sectors with his back to the audience, thereby decentralizing the ‘arena stage’ as well as the structure of the show itself (and creating a media circus).
‘The important things-to-do list’
We all tend to accumulate important unfulfilled tasks due to lack of time. These tasks may include visiting your grandmother, repotting your favorite flower, getting rid of your old stuff, or reading a really useful book. Each of us can write down an important unfulfilled task on the sticker and paste it up at the workplace. You will surely have the opportunity to fulfill your important task in the nearest future.
Furthermore, a series of performances will take place within the framework of the project, one of which is the ‘Aophone’ performance or a Synthesizer made of people presented by Mutro Art Group (September 9-10, at 16:00)
‘Aophone’ is an analog synthesizer made up of people. It is based on the principle of reverse evolution of technology using human potential instead of mechanisms. The keyboard consists of seven people, each of whom constantly produces sounds through the face mask. In its turn, each mask is connected via a wire to the table which is used to control the sound. The music instrument is open to the public — everyone can play it.
The project has already been presented in Valencia, Berlin, Krakow.
Aophone | Krakow Poland 2017 www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4EYZmvvVY0&app=desktop