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WE ARE HERE



Audio installation.
Authors: Marina Koldobskaya and Anna Frants.
Production: CYLAND media lab
St. Petersburg, Russia, and New York, USA.
2010

The viewer is going through a long semi-dark corridor and suddenly right nearby somebody's breathing, heavy and powerful. It's the breathing of an invisible giant. Somewhat farther along, there are sighs of a sleeping child, easy and peaceful. Still farther, some old and, apparently, sick person is wheezing. The exiting viewer is accompanied by a deep sigh of relief. These sounds act as a reminder: We are here, we are always here, we are right next to you. Who are they, the invisible ones? Genii loci? Prisoners of an old fortress? Bogeymen, wood goblins, poltergeists? Inhabitants of our memory? An elementary audio recording awakens ancient animism in the soul of a modern person - everybody is alive; everything is alive.

'WE ARE HERE' at 54 Venice Biennale - an exhibition by Ludmila Belova, Alexandra Dementieva, Anna Frants, Ivan Govorkov, Elena Gubanova and Marina Koldobskaya. Curated by: Silvia Burini. Supported By: Cyland Media Art Lab; National Center for Contemporary Arts, St.Petersburg Branch; St. Petersburg Arts Project; Fondazione Universita Ca Foscai.

Opening: 3rd June, 2011 at 5 PM, Venice, Italy.

“God Possibly Surrounds” – said the poet Alexander Vvedensky. It was in Leningrad in 1930. A completely different age, a different country, a different city – everything was different and had a different name. But these words have remained because no more important words could be said.

History, one way or around, “surrounds” – the everyday career and domestic fighting against a background of the global news: vibrations of the political regimes, fluctuations of the social climate, economic booms and crises, marvels of science and fancies of art.

The poet said: “Possibly”. If there is enough levity, we assume that all that is happening has a meaning. If there is enough courage, we do not assume. “The star of non-sense shines, It alone is bottomless” – that’s what he said.

“God” is the one who called you, and, whether you like it or not, you will have to reply: “This is I”.

So, if He – Possibly – Surrounds, then where – in reality – are we?

We are here. 

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