MADE IN CYLAND
ELENA GUBANOVA & IVAN GOVORKOV
MONITORING THE ROTATION OF THE EARTH ON THE SOFA
Site-specific Video Installation, 2020
A short throw projector, speakers; a sofa, wrapped in plastic household items, blackout curtains
Video by Elena Gubanova
Sound: CAA—47 Elena Gubanova, Ivan Govorkov, Sergey Komarov, Redshift, 2011
In a semi-dark room there are packed and unwanted items lying around: wrapped chairs, sofas, household items. This abandoned room has been turned into storage. A video is projected on the wall in front of the sofa, showing only a gobelin carpet. The landscape on the carpet presents a fairy-tale composition: distant countryside, hills, a river, an autumn forest. A deer is depicted in the foreground. It breathes of peace and tranquillity. Such carpets were very popular in the 60s–80s of the last century in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities. In the video, sunlight slowly drifts across the carpet, transforming a kitschy image into an Italian Renaissance painting due to the play of light and shadow. The video is accompanied by the sound of the Sun obtained by NASA's spacecraft by converting electromagnetic waves into sound.
This work is about the time within us. The wrapped items inside the room are a symbolic image of our profane world, our established perceptions. The installation invites the viewer to stop and observe the "earth movement" signified by the motion of light across a fairytale landscape with a deer from their childhood and to recall their presence in outer space.