It is a precipice
of humanity’s destruction
There are consequences
of existential risk –
of existential catastrophe
It could be
or permanent dystopia.
HD-video with sound, 01’34 min.
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Thorax Glissando is based partly on an audio recording of a past work (Glissando Arioso-2012) and partly on an image-recording of the present moment.
Actually, the current image is what prompted me to search my sound archive for audio that would enhance that image.
After much thought, I decided to use the CT scans, which were made to monitor the cancer in my body, as images. With this, I try to bend the drama in such a way that you get the idea that anything that depicts a process can contain beauty.
20 Feb 2023
2023 11 февраля Из окна на Цандера с оболочниками
HD-video with sound, 76’51 min.
Since 2001 I have been making a series of videos called
From the window on Zandera. This video is number 129.
This footage comes from the apartment where the performances of the Moscow-based group Collective Action (KD) were conceived and prepared from 1977 to 2009.
The figurines of appearing and disappearing passers-by on the sidewalks of this Kondratyuk Street are like an endless continuation of the first action of the Collective Action.
00:00 – in the kitchen at Ulansky tracking the 585 bus sign
04:16 – 5, 59 km to Zandera street
05:10 – Photos of the high-rise shit-concrete on Godovikova street
10:35 The 585 badge went into the line of sight out the window at Zandera.
12:05 – Щ
28:32 – 1989 video, AM reading about shells at VDNH, video of SH
32:23 – 55
49:36 – AM reading about shellfish in the kitchen at Ulansky 11-2-2023
01:04:08 – Johannes Bach (1604-1673), IS Bach’s great-uncle, motet “Our Life, is like a shadow.” Unser Leben ist ein schatten.
SD-video, with sound,
Tin toy battle, driven by hand, while the sun sets.
(and the beating goes on, ladedadeda)
HD-video with sound, 03’03 min.
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Excerpt from an article published on November 10, 2022, in El País, by Slavoj Zizek:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated his threat to use nuclear weapons.
…15,000 Ukrainians have responded to the prospect of annihilation in a less abstract way: by signing up for a massive sex party.
…It’s the opposite of despair. People will look for something good even in the worst-case scenario.
…In a time of extreme distress, an orgy can be a life-affirming project. Collective trauma precipitates the disintegration of individual inhibitions and conventional social norms”.
The first World War started on August 1, 1914.
On October 7, Ludwig Wittgenstein, in charge of night driving the search-light of the Goplana, a ship patrolling the left bank of the Vistula River, wrote:
“I may die within an hour,
I may die within two hours,
I may die within a month or within a few years.
I cannot know, and I can do nothing either for or against it: such is life.
How am I to live, therefore, in order to succeed at every moment?
Live in the good and the beautiful until life ends by itself”.
Quote from the book edited by Wilhelm Baum “Geheime Tagebücher” published in spanish by Alianza Editorial.
SD-video with sound
The physicality of a colourless bearded, compressed & truncated male image spreads the discarded seed shells directly at the viewer while the colourful crawlers’ cascade down his grey visage.
“What interests me is the ongoing reformulation of a set of key interests. These interests are drawn from my observations of Western society’s less-considered compulsions. Exploring the performance of gender, specifically masculinity, the valorization of labour, the pursuit of leisure, and the marshalling of amity. I explore language and paralanguage, that is, both the spoken and gestural aspects of human communication”.
HD-video with sound,
“You have things to do, in the studio.
You are the CEO, Marketing Executive, Captain of ideas and Head of strategy. The opportunities are boundless now you have some decent snacks and a tin of sardines for lunch. Marcel Duchamp said the Studio was a place to breathe. Some call it the office, others go there to get away from work. Museums rebuild famous ones. In yours, you develop a branch of utterly pointless philosophy. You have failed to tick-off the practical jobs for today but formed a whole new list of useless tasks for tomorrow”.
I’ve got to go to the studio was first performed at Alchemy Glasgow for G20 Artist Collective 2022.
Another work by David Sherry on the-artificial:
No question, one of my favourite art works, if not my absolute favourite
“These gifs are amongst a small number of moving image files that I created in 2014-2015 out of a series of smartphone collages that remained forgotten in the depths of a hard drive, until I decided to revisit them in my ongoing if not sporadic exploration of the medium which I conduct in parallel to working on paper”.
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