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Land Art Object based on Performative Practice

ФИО студента: Liubov Soskova

Руководитель: Alexandra Kuznetsova

Кампус/факультет: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Программа: Design (Bachelor)

Год защиты: 2020

The development of the transport system in the second half of the twentieth century led to an era of total mobility. However, freedom of movement did not bring people closer to understanding space, but rather alienated them, narrowing their perception to fragmented images. It was at a time when mobility became generally available that the journey began to take shape as a "medium" for artistic expression. Artistic intervention in the everyday reality of movement becomes another option for dialogue with the viewer. With the example of contemporary art, one can trace a gradual change in the perception of the journey: from the need to survive, protest or escape, to its complete dissolution in everyday life, or even its simulation. The art of artists working with the theme of travel and movement in space seems strange, absurd and surreal. It fragments the world, stopping us from looking at its tiniest details. But ultimately, its goal is to try to see and realize the unity and integrity of the world. The works of these artists are almost always very difficult to attribute to a particular species or genre. The works of art created by the "journey" often include elements of performance, installation, video art, happening and even painting. Constantly changing their geolocation, artists-strangers create works all over the world, leaving on them a trace of untouched landscapes, distant countries or hotspots. They touch upon actual events and global problems, comprehend local needs and world unity. What sets them apart from journalists, activists or bloggers is what their art, poetics, almost always insists on. This worldview is outside geopolitics - it is rather geopoetic. What connects us to this or that territory? What is a country and people - natural phenomena, myths, or maybe politics? In this book, I have tried to systematize the work of the artist-parents by themes of their research and their meaning, and by tracing how travel relates to their lives. I have identified seven themes that they work on when travel becomes the medium for the creation of their work: migration, challenge, escape, daily life, politics, simulation and "after-man". As a separate chapter, I tried to highlight the theme of the institutional vision of travel, because it is institutionalization that makes this medium something quite far removed from artistic expression. In many cases, it is possible to track trends in global research topics, so at the end of the book you can find a time-line with all collected artwork. This research was part of my diploma project "Land Art Object Based on Performative Practices". The method of research was chosen because all existing methods of interaction with the land by artists in Russia did not suit me. Often in the works of Russian artists with space, you can find colonial echoes, realized through the "subjugation" of space by man. The practice of travel, on the other hand, presupposes the coexistence of man and the surrounding space, rather than his conquest and subjugation. That's why research on this topic has helped to unlock the potential of my artistic project. All the necessary methods were found to realize the idea into reality. The practices of travel were not part of them, but the movement had a big impact on their awareness. The focus of the project was the chapter on "Everyday Life", which collects works by artists working in the genre of Land Art in the UK. It is these artists who choose a non-violent interaction with the earth and space, coexisting rather than impressing them, turning them into part of the anthropocentric era in which we exist today. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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