In Silico 2
Time and place
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 20:00
Velikan Park – Hall 5: Александровский парк, 4к3, парк Александровский, Санкт-Петербург, Россия
Gushing colors. A time disjointed, yet synchronous. A transcendent turn, a quest for agency, a reunion with currents of the forest.
The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for – J.Campbell
76 is an apartment owned by the same family for 50 years. The great granddaughter has succeeded to the great-grandmother. Before moving, she looks at every corner, uncovers family treasures and explores them in a context of language’s appropriation of history.
During the process of re-reading all the diaries of the author’s childhood, a long forgotten silhouette suddenly emerges out of an old memory. The artist returns to the scene of the memory to search for evidence of her existence. The entire film is rendered by computer software and is filmed in one shot from beginning to end, like a roamer roams about through a dream, where dreamland and one’s memories interweave in fabrication deviation. This film is an overture from the project Corner of the Park, continuing the work which was done years ago. The project sets out to form a complex labyrinth-style network of narratives regarding memory.
"The Train, The Forest"
A train ride and a stroll through the forest reveal strange incidents. The journey carries us through fields, along power lines and running people. Line structures on the margin of chaos signal impending disaster.
"The Stream VIII"
In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theatre, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.
"Stains and Scratches"
Film reel and its material qualities are inseparable from an image it carries. Polarity between the physical marks on celluloid and the photographic image that it supports was an inspiration to create a stereoscopic sculptural illusion, titled Stains and Scratches.
The photographer is taking a picture of her and her mother’s nudity. The traces of those days with her mum are left in the eternal frame; as clouds, as waves, as sand.
"Monument of distance"
Googoosh, a popular and loved iranian-azerbaijani singer, performs a version of the song Ayrılıq – Separation. The performance is from 1970s television show and it has been copied several times from one videotape to another. Ayrılıq could be a love song but it is told that composer Ali Salimi (who at the age of 16 moved from Soviet Azerbaijan to Iran with his family and left many of his loved ones behind) wanted to make music about his sense of longing. I was searching for another song when I found this performance on YouTube. I could watch the video again and again and try to get a deeper understanding of it. I could use the performance as a mirror for the part in me that is of Iranian and Azeri origin. I could compare my sense of longing with the degraded video image and the lyrics of the song. And in my eyes the found video grew into a monument of distance – a presentation of disconnection, images, memory and mixed identification.
A majestic mountain range rises over a Norwegian town engulfed in darkness. The stormy sea laps at its shores. A thick snow is falling. The town’s inhabitants, almost motionless in their existence, are like creatures in hibernation. The camera’s static shots resembling photographs are woven together into an experimental documentary on life in Skaland.
The wife of a pilot in the film Top Gun discusses the interconnection between images through time and the mystery involving her husband’s death. Can an image kill a man? Beyond Action is a fictional essay that analyzes the boundaries between image, violence and reality.