Izhko, Prudnikova, Tumanova – In Time – the Space

Sergei Izhko, Ludmila Prudnikova, Maria Tumanova (Hermitage Youth Center)

In Time – the Space

00:03:37, video (FHD)

Recording Architecture is an educational project of the Hermitage Youth Center within the exhibition “Golden Generation. Modernism in Finnish Architecture and Design'” (The State Hermitage, 14th of November 2015 till 31st of January 2016). The project is dedicated to the modernist architecture that is represented by the unique buildings of St. Petersburg and Vyborg. The participants of the project perceived in their own manner the atmosphere of the places visited. As a result each team created their own short film about one of the five unique examples of modernist architecture. Personal stories told using the modern era format – video, brings to life the buildings of the bygone generation.

Curators: Elizaveta Kaluzhskaia, Artemy Baranov

«Here space is everything, for time ceases to quicken memory». Gaston Bachelard

The formal configuration of the captured building, not by chance nicknamed “Korabelka*”, refers to the eternal Ark myth. We brought this obviousness to the viewer, who is searching for the identity and correspondence in the images, so he will be involved into way more intricate story. Playing with the images from reality: the objects (toys) with simply read features, we’ve conveyed the hyper-real feeling — the sense of time. Nor the children’s toys unfold the ultra-phenomena’s core: the ship witnesses the purity and seeming serenity of the beginning, the car — the rapid development, the train in a closed path — the accelerating moment ready to collapse. To confer the chosen items with this peculiar connotation emerged to be possible in the context of the building only, as the representative of the space, the representative of the eternity.

Humanity endlessly seeks to attach itself to the space and time — to leave a mark that seems impossible due to the phenomena’s core permanently eluding from the observation. In the effort to tame one — the time, a man appeal to the other — the space: he tries on the demiurge’s role including creating the architecture.The time is beyond the man’s power and the space plays a cruel joke towards him: the spatial creature, the converted matter becomes not the creator’s continuation — the mark of his significance at the spatial-temporal map of eventfulness, —but the demonstration of the time spot of some panhuman significance at the eternity map, persisting as the super-idea of the firmness, intransigence facing the perpetual changes.

* from Russian «корабль» — a ship, nicknamed due to it’s shape and function of a shipbuilding university.