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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.

 

Return of the First Man. Re-volution of Meanings. Multimedia exhibition

 

 



Screen: Wood Floaters by Kirill Makarenkov

Plasma panels: videoart in the format of monologues and dialogues drawn upon poetry and memoirs of the early XXth century

Media installations: by Electroboutique (A.Chernyshev, A.Shulgin)

Man in the XXth century – a suffering subject of capitalist alienation? A specter of the spirit of conciliarity? A maker of social revolution?

In ‘liquid modernity’ a man is doomed to halt experiencing the collective labor, which would keep him in ritual connection with the realm of nature. Wood Floaters is a narrative about virtually disappearing profession, with the heroes ending up aloof on the shores of the river slowly drying up. ‘Decay of Individual’ lamented by Maxim Gorky in 1909 was largely the motto of the XXth century history, as well as the efforts to enhance this individual essence. Man consecutively repudiated the idea of God and sacred image of Nature, yet trying to recover himself in the matrix of collective life, but failed to come up with ‘merry individual creative process’. Man, community and nature keep following an intricate path of gravity and repulsion.