Interactive installation, 2019
iPhone, monitor 16:9, PC, Instagram live stream
Venezia, 17/05/19 – mostra ID. ART:TECH allo spazio espositivo CFZ di Venezia
Venezia, 14/05/19 – inaugurazione mostra al CFZ – art tech: exibition

The basis of the project is live streaming. It takes place on the social network Instagram with two accounts that the artists created specifically for the exhibition.

The installation consists of a smartphone and a Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD). The smartphone is attached to the counter, and the LC display is situated in front of it. The first account is opened in the phone; it is streaming live. The second account transmits a connection to the broadcast of the LC display. The account names were generated randomly.

One device looks at another; the screen for live-stream viewing repeats endlessly. An endless digital tunnel appears that stretches off into the distance. All the visitors of the exhibit end up in this tunnel – those who pass between the phone and the monitor and those who connect to the broadcast from their gadgets.

The virtual abyss with an intuitively comprehensible interface feeds on what goes on in reality. A person who appears before the camera for a moment eclipses what has been streaming a split second ago. The deeper the corridor, the poorer the image quality, until it turns into a blurry picture of the past. Random passers-by captured by the camera replicate ad infinitum, get blurred and fall into nothingness. The same abyss is the destination of people who have connected to the broadcast – with all the comments, notifications, likes and emoji.

The bottomless digital tube of Instagram is completely autonomous. It revels in itself. It indiscriminately devours everything that comes into its field of vision. It does not care about recognition, traffic or number of active participants. The abyss is immune to the desire to create a happy moment that is legitimized by other people’s likes and the view counter.

The live broadcast is on every day during the exhibition, and it lasts for an hour. For the rest of the exhibition time, viewers see a recording.

To join the streaming, go to the user’s Instagram @tjhfsythwregThe time of broadcasts is indicated in the account’s profile. The previous streaming is forgotten for the sake of a new live transmission.

Installation view at the ID. ART:TECH exhibition in Venice, 2019

Alexey Grachev

Sound artist, engineer, computer programmer. Born in 1983 in Kaluga, USSR. Graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia). Completed the program “School for Young Artists” at the Pro Arte Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia). Artist, technical director and chief engineer of CYLAND MediaArtLab. Participant of the World Event Young Artists Festival (Nottingham, Great Britain, 2012), Cyfest Festivals, special project Urbi et Orbi at the 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia, 2015), The Creative Machine 2 (Goldsmiths, Great Britain, 2018). Participant of The Arts Work of the Future (Tate Exchange, UK, 2018). Since 2015, together with Sergey Komarov, he has developed the sound project Subjectivization of Sound whose basis is the interaction with space and spectators. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sergey Komarov

Sound artist, curator, engineer, computer programmer. Born 1980 in USSR, currently lives in Yerevan, Armenia. Max/MSP programmer, Cyland Audio Archive curator. In 2007-2010 programmer for the Asymmetrique Answer contemporary dance interactive performance.