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ArtConcept presents program of multimedia exhibitions under the title All History is Contemporary History.

 

Being interdisciplinary, the program aims to investigate the intersections of history, science, technical progress on the territory of contemporary art.

 

Special focus is on the opposition cultural vs. natural and its ramifications on the human condition nowadays. The ensuing crisis of modern man will be the point of departure for a few explorations into controversies of classical and industrial societies, a rupture with tradition, a correlation of degeneration and sociopolitical decay.

 

Science-based approach, visual data and theoretical underpinnings of innovative research are integral to multimedia exhibits, comprising video art, documentary and experimental cinema, installations, animation, as well as classical medium of drawing.

 

Politics as being, political interaction of people, alienation of the individual from society and in relation to labor cannot but form a central axis for contemporary art expressions. This can be done through synergetic perspective drawn upon vestiges and witnesses from the fields of history, evolution, culture, scientific theory and practice.

 

Dates to be confirmed. Moscow

 

 

 

In the framework of All History is Contemporary History program:

 

Martin Werthmann (1982, Gemany)

 

Sink

multmedia installation, dimesions variables. 2012

 

The relationship between mankind and nature contains the conflict. We are natural beings and depend on nature, but we at the same time belong to cultural realm. This is in the present day context that this conflict vividly comes to life. Sink installation offers a very direct experience of nature, though mediated through a virtuosic artistic rendering. With a viewer ‘immersed’ into an artificial water fall, Sink itself is a result of ‘domestication’ of a natural force taken under control.

 

A giant whirlpool is placed on plinths – a visitor is able to go underneath the sculpture and climb up in the middle of it to stand in the center, in the midst of 500.000 liters of water circulating through the sculpture per hour. A viewer finds himself standing in the middle of a giant swirl, as if surrounded by a wall of water turning around. The centrifugal forces acting in this human-made sculpture keep the observer totally dry, which would hardly be possible in nature. Looking at a phenomenon in nature the observer would most probably die.