Multimedia installation


Chaos and Cosmos at the St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design
Photography Mikhail Borisov


In the viewer’s presence, the chaotic “breathing” of an op-art picture transforms into an ordered motion subjected to the uniform rhythm. The observer influences the observed. By his emerging, the human being transforms Chaos into Cosmos that “breathes” in unison with him. At the heart of the work, there is a childhood memory of Ivan Govorkov about how he liked to hide behind his mother’s skirt. The object’s surface is covered with black sateen with white polka dots, which was the favorite fabric for women’s dresses in the 1960s. “Chaos and Cosmos” is simultaneously both a reconstruction of childhood innermost emotional upheavals and fears and an optical metaphor of the distinct, harsh and infinite Cosmos.