In 2011 our team introduced “WE ARE HERE”, a Russian new media art project in the historical spaces of Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice, at the same time with the 54th Venice Biennale program. It has received well-deserved success, and this year we united with Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR), to develop a group show of Russian artists dedicated to the experience of living in a changing landscape during the Information Age.
In traditional societies, generations would come and go much faster than habitat would change. Catastrophes changed landscapes, be it natural or human in origin – from volcano eruption to migration to asteroid to cultivation. In contemporary times, variety is introduced quickly into landscapes by prosperity or adversity. Over the last century, industrialization, urbanization, revolution, wars, construction and reconstruction – each lead to a generation living under conditions different than previous ones.
Among exhibited artworks personalizing effects of industrialization, urbanization, revolution, wars, construction and reconstruction are Alexandra Dementieva’s interactive “BREATHLESS” installation, translating exhalation digitally into light and words, Vitaly Pushnitsky’s hybrid painting-projection “WAITING” juxtaposing the transpiring of a sunrise over the existence of archaic columns, Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov’s sculptural “GENERATIONS” physically uniting decades of doors in solidarity. Anna Frants’ new media installation “CLOUD THAT SMELLED BLUE” inverts the relationship between oneself to the world and Marina Koldobskaya’s “ROMAN HOLIDAY”is an ideal city painted on found fragments of old furniture.
Participating artists are Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Marina Koldobskaya, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Peter Belyi, Alexander Terebenin, Petr Shvetsov, Ludmila Belova, Alexandra Dementieva, Kurvenschreiber Collective.
The project is curated by Silvia Burini & Matteo Bertelé (Assistant Curator), professors of the University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice.
Special video art program from CYLAND’s archive “A CHANGING LANDSCAPE” will also be shown at the exhibition.
“CAPITAL OF NOWHERE” can be visited from May 27 to July 10, 2013 at Zattere, Dorsoduro 1392, 30123 Venezia (boat stop: Zattere). Press preview will be held on May 27. Stay tuned to our Facebook page.