Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy) 2014
Venice Architecture Biennale “Time Space Existence” (Italy) 2014
Project “Apocalypse in Art”
It is difficult to escape the feeling that Apocalypse in Art really shows the world, standing on the edge, barren, falling in decay. People’ve lost an ability to create—all they can really do is to seek and fix. We are trying to find a refuge from the impending chaos in the rules of etiquette, explaining how to behave at the funeral ceremonies, that only accenting the feeling of fatality, similar to art, emotions turn into mindless imitation.
Today we are witnessing the collapse of the basic cultural patterns and mechanisms that determine a spiritual and material civilization over the last century. Perhaps, desperation and pessimism, overwhelming majority of our society. Of course, I have questioned myself if me being engaged in this semi-intellectual apocalypse hysteria and doubt concerning future of contemporary art, is related to transformation of art system where not everyone can find a place to be. I have always been an artist, even when I refused to produce art projects and motions. I couldn’t and still can’t think about destiny of the art as an isolated part of my own fate. So how is art going to exist now? In what way it will be expressed? We have to be objective and accept that old institutes and cultural models are being destroyed by new, still not quite clear, but obviously other worlds.
Dynamics of inertial movement in public space clearly indicates the rapid disintegration of society, its members and the atomization of marginalization of public institutions. If this crisis is projected onto the sphere of art, and there we see the same process, except that difference is even greater convexity. If we refer to uneven rises in history of contemporary art it’s easy to see dynamic blurring of distinctions between different cultural models. The crisis of modern art ideology is clearly exposed by gratuitous self-isolation of artists, who pathetically try to define boundaries of their own language. And here they lose a battle again—today we can not consider art scope as homogeneous object, and art system itself trying to hold on from split to numerous elements and modules. How to reveal insight and sense of Modern Art Museum that turned into enormous art supermarket? How to exceed the bounds of total consumption, if art almost became a symbol of this massive process? Do we have answers to these questions?
The paradox of our time is that two genius variations of future— progressive and apocalyptic—suddenly start to assimilate and duplicate each other. The spirit of apocalypses holds sway over modern culture and slowly infecting everything around. How will this virus affect art? Will there still be a place for an art in society? It feels like we are about to reconsider meaning of the art. Today is the time of fast living, but the process of switching from old to new culture format can be really sustained. This procedure is decelerated by society, people feel related to slowly dying cultural models, traditional relations.
Recent conditions can cause a genesis of art’s meaning and role, that would be completely different from one we have got on the edge of XX century. Back there, art was an innovative and progressive symbol, and now it started to loose positions. I believe that art is key to renewal, button that will slow the progress—just exactly what we do really need. But where will art reincarnate? Museums and government institutions, would speculate on the process and give fake feeling that art and progress is something equal. We are faced with the need to justify a new universalism that can take us beyond the personal worlds and beyond capitalist totality. To make a difference we have to be an art, to live art, we have to turn our existing into art.