VICTORIA DURYAGINA

FOOTPRINTS

Video installation, 2 screens

A recording of a program running in real time,

7.2. – 4.3. 2022 / Postpost gallery

Curator: Viktória Pardovičová

Photo: Tamara Pavlechová

 

The installation Footprints explores the possibilities of searching in terms of self-realisation or personal growth. These aspects can be considered as characteristic points of interest for many participants in contemporary society, which operates primarily on phenomenon that require a continuous production towards progress. At the same time, however, it is also possible to acknowledge the (sometimes) positive process necessary for the development of the possibilities of living or creating. Thus, through the installation, Victoria confronts reality with the environment of a constantly running program, a technology that produces content, constantly searching for an answer to the sequence of references of the ones and zeros – digitality. In this color-harmonized, neutral landscape, she combines the seemingly absurd elements of everyday life with the abstraction of graphics based on the Unity Engine. The randomness in graphic outputs (program responses) is the result of an always new unique process, creating an image of searching and finding, a tangle of data and visually readable outputs. Those can be, as for the program and the technology required to keep it alive, a metaphor for a world that is surprisingly close to human entities – with no possibility of stopping the always repeating monotonous process.

 

Victoria Duryagina: "The work deals with the theme of search and self-realization, where the process of search becomes the essence of life - its meaning, happiness and despair. In this case, search is understood as a way of achieving success in any matter. Scientists have calculated that it takes approximately 10,000 to 20,000 hours of work to achieve this, stating that this work must be purposeful. Simply repeating the same activities over and over again will not produce results. Our abilities are defined by our framework - our nature. It is also what limits us and sets boundaries. Gaining experience allows us to transform only when we change the framework. For example, the student outperforms the teacher. Because the student is a different person - a different framework. W. Frankl's existential approach takes a view of the person that assumes that one does not originally have an essence but acquires it as a result of self-creation, and that actualization is the result of one's own free and responsible choice. In such a case, is it possible to overcome oneself by seeking? To free oneself from the limits of one's essence and to begin to live with full freedom of self-expression. If we accept the proposition that everything around us is a matrix and we are programs, do we have undocumented options? The so-called easter egg - something that is out of its original context..."

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