Kinetic installation, 2019
Rowing machine, metal lotus, mechanics, mirror, projector, computer programming
Engineer: Alexey Grachev
Supported by CYLAND Media Art Lab

I am the light which is over them all.
(Gospel of Thomas, 77)

For those who strive for self-knowledge
The way it should ideally be

First act

The “Seeker” tries to see the “sought-for” through the effort of his action. The action results in the unlocking of the “mystery” (lotus) where the “Seeker” appears before his reflection in the mirror and understands that the seeker is, in fact, the sought-for.

Second act

Suddenly blinded by a flicker of light from the mirror in which he has just seen his reflection, the “Seeker” senses that he is in fact the light. A connection takes place with the “Light Source” through an emotionally blinding flash that annihilates the former illusory personal identity.

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
Venezia, 14/05/19 – inaugurazione mostra al CFZ – art tech: exibition
Installation view at the ID. ART:TECH exhibition in Venice, 2019

Ivan Govorkov

Artist. Born in 1949 in Leningrad, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Leningrad, USSR). Works in the fields of philosophy, psychology, painting, drawing, sculpture and installations. Professor of drawing at the Ilya Repin Institute. Recipient of Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Russia, 2012) as “Best Work of Visual Art” (together with Elena Gubanova). His works were exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Moscow (Moscow, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany), Sky Gallery 2 (Tokyo, Japan). Participant of the Manifesta 10 parallel program (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014) and several exhibitions parallel to Venice Biennale (biannually since 2011). Since 1990, he has been working in collaboration with Elena Gubanova. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Elena Gubanova

Artist, curator. Born in 1960 in Ulyanovsk, USSR. Graduated from the Ilya Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (Leningrad, USSR). Works in the fields of painting, sculpture, installations, and video. Recipient of Sergey Kuryokhin Award (Russia, 2012) as “Best Work of Visual Art” (together with Ivan Govorkov). Her works were exhibited at major Russian and foreign venues, including the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Museum of Moscow (Moscow, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin, Germany). Participant of the Manifesta 10 parallel program (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014) and several exhibitions parallel to Venice Biennale (biannually since 2011). Since 1990, she has been working in collaboration with Ivan Govorkov. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

www.elenagubanova.com