LOOKING FOR A FATAL DYSTOPIA

Single-channel video, 4:51, 2013


The video was created for the project 100x100=900 (100 videoartists to tell a century
(100 videoartists to tell a century) http://www.9hundred.org dedicated to the 50th anniversary of video art.
100 videoartists, from all continents, were invited to participate in this project. Every of them will produce a video artwork
inspired by one of the previous 100 years, a century. The pairings will be done randomly.

I got 1939 at random.
The main event of 1939 is the beginning of the World War II. In my video I have tried to transmit the peculiar inconsistent state of that year – state of peace and war going on simultaneously. Documentaries of that time show us an utopia of peaceful life with aeronauts conquering stratosphere, and everyday life with athletic parades and military exercises. Meanwhile nearby real fightings are already happening, and tension is growing everywhere on the threshold of the global war. 1st of September 1939 when Germany invades Poland, the world begins to sink into chaos of the most ruthless, cruel and bloody war in the history of mankind. happening, and tension is growing everywhere on the threshold of the global war. 1st of September 1939 when Germany invades Poland, the world begins to sink into chaos of the most ruthless, cruel and bloody war in the history of mankind.
This film uses the materials of the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive (RGAKFD) for 1939.

 

 

Exhibitions/Festivals

2013-2015- The world tour of 100x100=900 project;

2015 -  Shatters of War, Baltic Branch of National Center for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad

2016 - Codes of Abstract Cosmos, NCCA - Samara