“Point of View” is an attempt to creatively investigate the dichotomy of coexistence that fills our world: personal and social, common and unique, romantic and trivial. The exhibition includes audiovisual and interactive installations – “visions” of contemporary world from the artists’ point of view and philosophical, historical, and optical perspectives.
For such purposes, the artists’ worldviews could be divided: some investigate the global aspects of contemporary reality in their work, while others focus on reality’s private, relative meanings. While a few of the exhibiting projects could belong to the realm of metaphysical and transcendental; others focus on the issues of internal world-making and the creations of personal comfort zones in the world of incessant changes. Depending on the determined distance between them, these many points of view are still consonant, dynamic and mobile.
Every artist then is a little bit of René Descartes. He is a fulcrum point himself, when creating the frame of reference, and every artist fills it with his perception and knowledge, ideas, doubts and emotions that they, in essence, project onto the “visible” world.
As the legend goes, once René Descartes spent a whole day in bed thinking about something, and there was a fly buzzing around and interfering with his concentration. He started pondering on how he could describe the fly’s location at any given moment of time so that he would be able to swat it without a miss. Finally he came up with the Cartesian coordinates, one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind.
CYLAND MediaArtLab participated in the exhibition with installations Journey by Anna Frants, Time Keeping by Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov, Drama House / Life: A User’s Manual by Alexandra Dementieva, and the Subjectivization of Sound performance by Alexey Grachev and Sergey Komarov.
“Point of View” , international exhibition of multimedia art and the 10th CYFEST workshop, on display November 16-December 2, 2016 at the Museum Center of the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH).
All photography by Eugene Gurko, courtesy of CYLAND MediaArtLab