Off the wall, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. On the invitation of Daria Tuminas and Zhenia Sveshinsky, I had to develop a 5 day workshop from June 21 till June 25th for 15 students. The assistant of the workshop and the translator also took part in the end, so we had quite a big group of 17 students all together. The workshop was hosted by Fotodepartament in St. Petersburg, which is a small centre for photo education, an exhibition-space and book (edition) shop in one, ran by Nadya Sheremetova.
Workshop inside Fotodepartament.
My workshop was called ‘Off the Wall’ and aimed to stimulate students to find the right presentation form fitting to the context of their photo-archive, photo-project, photo series or singular photo. Anything was possible as long as they don’t see their photo or photographs as the end result. We were going to explore how we could use this photographic material and were thinking about different ways of presenting the photographic material. We’re going to find suitable possibilities where the nature of these sources – a photo, a photo series, an archive of photos – can be translated into a ‘space’. ‘Space’ can be very diverse: an exhibition space, public space, a book as a space, the internet or the screen of your mobile device. The photographic material can be transformed into spatial, virtual or interactive installations or sculptural forms.
Discussing Daria Tuminas’ inspiration wall & Vanitas Bananitas and the association of a banana with sex.
Part of the workshop was making an ‘inspiration-wall’ and the day after the students had to present this wall and give a presentation about their research and connect the different works or artists they chose to their own project.
Discussing inspiration wall’s outside, in front of Fotodepartament.
On the last evening we celebrated at TAIGA art space with an exhibition of the works made during this workshop of all the students.
Installing the group exhibition at TAIGA & immediate mobile phone posting by Nadya Sheremetova while on high blue heels.
Making personalized presents for the students & workshop-family picture on the opening of the exhibition.
Underneath you will find their work made in the workshop and their own words and information added towards it.
Julia Lisnyak – Voina (beyond)
Voina is a revolutionary group of Russian artists that engages in radical street protest actions. The group was founded by Oleg Vorotnikov (a.k.a. “Vor”, ideologist) and Natalia Sokol (a.k.a. “Kozlyenok”, coordinator) in 2005. On June 25, 2006 Alexey Plutser-Sarno joined the group and became its media artist and author of the group’s media art, concepts and texts.
Julia Lisnyak: “The only word I can think of when talking about the art-group “Voina” is “beyond”. Its numerous actions remained beyond my subjective perception, until an obscene picture has been shown to the entire Piter. This was the largest obscene sign during the history of the humanity. The city was asleep, the bridges were raised, and instantly a phallic symbol of 65 meters slowly rose, drawn on one of the bridge parts. The picture was turned towards the building of the FSB. In the morning the phallic symbol was washed away, though the agitation remained. Piter and Moscow, and the entire country were happy about something. And so I decided to take a closer look on the group. However, at the same time all the Mass Media decided to do the same. All activities of the Group were recalled, including the seizure of the White House, the wild party in the Museum of Zoology, a punk concert in Court etc. The “Voina” was basking in glory and I decided not to queue up amongst the others. I would have simply forgotten about the Group, unless I haven’t met its participants in Piter, when Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolaev, its leaders, were unprisoned from the pre-trial detention center (SIZO). Now it’s time for some prehistory. In 2010 Leonid Nikolaev put a blue bucket on his head, jumped on a car with a light bar, ran over its roof, jumped down and ran over the road, thus protesting about using of light bars in our roads. This happened near the Kremlin
Gradually the attention to the Group jaded, but I go on with my story. I am going to continue until I understand who they are, the participants of the Group “Voina”.
Are they outcasts, who think t
Are they riffraffs, wishing to
Are they hooligans, anarchists or idealists, who believe they can improve the world around them?
I still have no answer.
Katja Garkushko – Return
Photo circle 90x90cm, installation 2,7- 4 meter strings, stones & one whole brick found in Saint Petersburg.
Fedor Shklyaruk – The Aether
“These premises clearly give the conclusion that there is in nature some bodily substance other than the formations we know, prior to them all and more divine than they…”
On the Heavens by Aristotle. Installation. glass cube, white block, spot light. 50 x 50 x 50 cm – glass cube. 150 x 100 x 50 cm – block.
Vik Laschenov – Reducing Distance With Photography
Now, each of us surrounded by a huge number of photographs and images. So that is a reason for distancing viewers from it. How can viewers are able to overcome this estrangement? Which images can involve us totally? How change their experience if we use viewers body as a medium for images? I think such a photography should be performative. I think such a photography should have a viewers physicality aspects. When I remove media of photography, when I create some special terms for representation images I try to play with viewers. I’m interested in riddle viewers with way of viewing images.
Elina Ryzhenkova – Outer Layer
Installation out of 12 handmade pictures, 4 wooden sticks and 10 meters of paper.
The landscape is always about distance. A distance from the viewer as well as a distance from reality. Destruction of the outer layer distances a photograph from the world and brings it closer to a viewer. When the inner layer is uncovered, two bodies meet each other: a body of a photograph and a body of a man. In areas where the image is destroyed, visual information is replaced by the tactile. We don’t feel these places as empty. They are filled with invisible.
Ekaterina Iushkevich – Please Comment On My Photographs Performance
In this performance I invited viewers to look at my photos and comment on them and in return I offered them my services such as a massage, a manicure or cleaning their shoes. while doing this I recorded their comments. This performance shows the relevance of the public in an art context, because on a certain moment during this performance they, themselves become more important then the photographs they are looking at or the performance where they are taking part of: let’s say: the work.
Photo on fabric 40-50 inch hanging from ceiling in space.
The photographic images contain imprints of habitual objects and today vice versa the objects contains traces of images of the perfect life, of a dream of the paradise. Due to popular advertising concepts, which represent products using the photographs of beautiful women, beaches, palm trees, the image of an acquired desires rises in our head while we clean a kitchen, wash dishes and so on.
In this project I’m dealing with 3 certain feelings that I was experiencing quite a lot during last half of the year here in Czech Republic. All of them were connected with the particular event which happened to me in the end of last year. In this 3 video installation I present video documentation of the certain action which took place quite recently. In this action I placed myself in front of the camera for approx. one hour, trying to feel and live through those certain feelings that I had. Important part for me was to try to capture my condition and mood in order to be able to have a distant view on myself as a viewer from a side.
Anastasia Bogomolova – Datcha / Garden
Installation out of prints, plants, land, pots, shelves, watering cans, lamps – 240 x 280 cm.
Julia Borissova – DOM (Document Object Model)
Dimensions – various, small house: 10 х 10 х 8 cm, a big house: 17,5 x 13 x 10 cm (not including plants).
“Dom” means a house, home, a building or a household in the Russian. My idea is to create a utopian version of sprouting houses. As a model for my houses, I chose the kind of mass housing. I grew the plants in the models and watched as they were germinating. I was photographing to capture the variation of their appearance, thinking about how our concept of home is changing over time and the notion of home is transforming in connection with the place in which we live. From these pictures I’m going to make an animated movie showing the process of germination. And the final part of my work was talking to people around me who responded to my question what their sense of “home” meant for them. According to their answers I made the audio file, which sound was accompanied my installation.
Natalia Baluta – Afterwards
Black box with photographs, which one can watch with a flashlight or a mobile phone.