by Anna Frants and CYLAND MediaArtLab
Video, robotics/mechanics, found objects,
St. Petersburg / New York, 2016
0” is modular, 3D Public Art installation from the artist’s series,
“Explosion of a Can of Condensed Milk After Water Has Evaporated”.
Conceptually referencing a computer grid and visually reflecting the
infrastructure of a building sans walls – Frants builds an open
Comprised of raw polypropylene cubes, the exposed framework houses
objects, videos, and movements. The interior (unlived-in
lived-in) space is empty for viewers to navigate the visuals, sounds,
words, and virtual actions of the exterior matrix and formulate their
own story. Birds chirp, recorded faces communicate, playful toys
whiz and whirl, the seas ebb and flow – each with brand names that they
are sold as or known by as characters in Frants’ theatrically staged
work and beyond.
At first glance reminiscent of “The End” or “Mad Max”, this multimedia
environment is less а scene from a dismal future and more so an
intimate setting presented to poetically ponder a sense of self.
The installation is flexible, varying from site to site, country to
country, with local materials utilized in each iteration.