Project exposition in Dzyga Gallery

Andriy Bondarenko (UA)

Text, video


1. Janusz Bałdyga (PL)
"The Wheel Turns"

video performance, 2012

The Wheel Turns is a performance of the coil, an action where the unfolding of a spiral and modification of its perfect geometric order determines the mechanistic discipline of my
movement. The action's reliance on elementary gestures such as throwing, leaning or turning around constitutes the sense of the initiation of my gesture.

The yellow coil adopts a circular form, evoking associations with the solar disk, a coin, a medal, or, most interestingly to me, the aureole.
Alluding to the iconography of saints and angels, the aureole enlarges and glorifies the human figure connected to it almost organically.

In the work's title I avoid the word 'aureole', even though the halo forms a basic element of the icon being created. We say that the 'wheel of fortune turns incessantly', being aware that everything does.

What interests me in this performance is the deconstruction determined by the agility of my body, the transition from one order to another, from a recognizable signum to its purposeful dispersion.
The wheel turning level with the performer's head reduces the amount of tape, becoming smaller and smaller. Minimized, the yellow disk behind the performer's head loses its iconic connotations, ceasing to refer to the surrounding halo of light. The yellow circle is gradually reduced to a white field behind my back.

And yet the aureole is light enclosed in a circle, it cannot be annihilated; even when dispersed, it still exists.

A 100 meter-long coil of yellow tape is propped against a white wall; I stabilize it with the weight and tension of my own body. With the back of my head serving as a point of support, I press against the center of the wheel, creating the illusion of a monumental icon.

Precisely monumentality was the determining characteristic of the video-installation The Wheel Turns which was presented at the Light Move Festival in Łódź in October 2012.

The space of the installation was the gateway of the tenement at 71 Piotrkowska Street.

Closed with a white screen – leaving a half-meter clearance to allow residents to pass – the gateway became a terminal of light.

The looped, vertical projection filled the entire space of the gateway, integrating itself with the architecture. Being visible from the street, the illuminated space, dynamized with continuous movement, drew the attention of the passers-by, provoking them to stop and look, interrupting the rhythm of the passage.


2. Olena Smaha (UA)

object, 2018

In the Catholic Church, Tabernacle (lat. Tabernaculum - tent) is a small structure in a form of fixed vessel or box located in the altar part and used for the storage of Eucharistic bread, which is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the living incarnate God. In the churches of the Eastern rite it is called the kiot. It must be unique, immovable, durable, non-transparent, enclosed and protected, in order to eliminate the danger of profanation.
The Christian temple hides the tabernacle, which hides consecrated bread and wine, in which the Body and Blood of God are covered.
When a person enters the church, he or she often subconsciously searches for a place where God is physically present. It is Holy of the Holies.
It is the hidden object of worship, to which all the elements of the sacred space are directed.

Transsubstantiation is a theological term that seeks to clarify the mystery of the change of the whole substance (substantia) of bread - to the essence of the Body of Christ, and wine - to the essence of His Blood through the blessing.
Sometimes God intervenes in a more visible way and even changes the look of bread and wine. There are many wonderful incidents in which Eucharistic wine and bread become a real blood and a piece of human heart muscle. These phenomena cannot be explained by the thorough researches of scientists.

In order to find God, a person must make an Act of Search.
The search itself assures the result of the discovery, some degree of certain knowledge of what is always existing, but is hidden because of its Immensity.


3. Vitalii Shupliak (UA)
"Cross (0/360)"

video, 2018
02:10 (video loop)

"Cross (0/360)" raises the issue of symbol functioning in the modern new media world. Asks the question whether the symbol is desacralized through technologies? Investigates the relationship: sacrum / profanum. Accordingly provokes questions, can modern technology help to find a sacred or move away from it, or maybe nothing changes at all and stands still?


4. fuse* (IT)
video, 2017

Everything that surrounds us is nothing but a collection of atoms, particles and electromagnetic fields, vibrating without any apparent meaning. When these impulses are interpreted by our mind, they become colors, tastes, music, memories and emotions: the foundations of what each one of us perceives as reality.
Dökk is a journey through the subconscious mind, where reality is represented by worlds and universes that take form and dissolve within the mind, as it constantly seeks a balance between light and darkness.

Dökk is an Icelandic word that means darkness. In some cultures, the absence of light may be interpreted as a metaphor for life on Earth and of the perception of reality represented as a shadow cast by a light that cannot be seen yet the existence of which may only be sensed.
Starting out from this concept, the narrative was developed through the creation of ten rooms that make up a circular path in which the end coincides with a new beginning.

The Italian term stanza ('room') may reflect a variety of meanings: it could be a well-defined physical space that isolates us from the outside world, but it could also be imagined as a mental space inside which to construct our own vision of reality, or in the literary field, it refers to a verse of a longer poem.
The rooms of Dökk are the result of the coming together of these meanings in a single form of symbolism that accompanies the whole narrative. Inside these places of the mind, universes are constructed that evoke the various stages of life.
The stage becomes a space in which it is possible to lose one's perception of space and time: a place of the mind in which reality is reconstructed as the result of one's own actions, and in which every gesture has its own particular consequence.


5. Mykhaylo Barabash (UA)
"333 bit"

interactive installation
Programming: Yury Bulka (UA)
Tech: Debian, html5, paper.js, oflow.js

A form is created from great amount of bits, like from numerous of molecules. It's easy to spray it, but like a world order it rejoins again...


6. Tereza Barabash (UA)

light installation

The Light ... It's where You are looking for Him ....









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