CCI FABRIKA, 105082, Moscow, Perevedenovsky Pereulok, 18
Loukia Alavanou, Leyla Aydoslu, Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Raffaella Crispino, Tramaine de Senna, Lydia Debeer, Minja Gu, Lien Hüwels, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir, Ella Littwitz, Almudena Lobera, Oleg Matrokhin, Joke Raes, Jura Shust, Diana Tamane, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Egon Van Herreweghe, Klaas Vanhee, Benjamin Verhoeven, Wieske Wester
The Russian exhibition of artists from Belgium’s Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) deals with the issue of restrictions in various aspects – including formal conditions like language barrier, distances and limited budget and being refracted through each of the works, in which the artists consistently erase boundaries between themselves, creative work and the shifting reality.
The overflowing stream of melting and liquid information reality has eroded and corroded what is left of the social skeletons of the modern age. All of this yet again brings up the issue of consistently creating and overcoming restrictions within art, but each time doing this in a different context, which is so similar but yet so varying for former colonial empires.
The modern man is becoming increasingly dependent on information and its media, and sometimes you could pay too high a price for something as trivial as a telephone ring. A ringing phone once almost killed a newborn baby who was left unattended in a bathtub. It is hard to imagine a more evident metaphor for Water as an element and as an information flow, which also does not rule out health hazards.
This could also be easily traced in the Flemish and Dutch history as the country has been waging a battle against the sea for the past 600 years looking to reclaim habitable land at all costs. The progress in this area must have been accelerated by the fear of seeing children’s cradles carried away by the water that broke through the dams protecting cities and towns. Currently, we are facing the same acute problem, but this time in regard to information. Likewise, the Soviet battle with the elements and the annoying national campaign to reverse Siberian rivers led to totally different consequences, which could be compared with the present-day manipulation of information flow.
A telephone ring could ruin any type of harmony. The attempt to hang on to at least the few proofs of human existence if not to the very reality, as always, raises the issue of defining what is primary and what is secondary, of denoting the sign and the significatum, the issue that is being solved by means of artificial restrictive constructions, in a word… it doesn’t matter that the telephone rings…