MADE IN CYLAND
ELENA GUBANOVA & IVAN GOVORKOV
LIFE AS LIFE. STYX
Installation, 2016, 2021
A site-specific variation of the installation «Life as Life. The Discreteness of Time» (2016). Commissioned by the Chronotop Festival, Water tower, Vyborg, Russia, 2021.
Usually, Time is regarded as a line (theoretically, a line of endless length), on which the present moment is a point in constant motion. But this line may also be regarded as a succession of points in different positions, so that any moving or changing object may be interpreted as a number of motionless versions of “shots” of oneself. The artists observe the serene flow of life, but at the same time disrupt the “arrow of time”. Life consists of repetitions which seem to combine to form a single “river”. The video of people floating serenely along the river from one screen to another actually shows the same moment, which is multiplied and repeated, devoid of past and future, and joined into a cycle.