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Series of Paintings "Transition"

ФИО студента: Yevheniia Miliukova

Руководитель: Alexandra Kuznetsova

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

Программа: Contemporary Art Practices (Master)

Оценка: 10

Год защиты: 2021

I linked this series to the concept of the Bardo from the Tibetan book of the Dead. The Bardo is an intermediate state, something that is "between the two". I interpreted it a little bit differently than in Tibetan Buddhism, where the Bardo is the interval between two lives. And considered the moments of transition as intermediate stages between one phenomenon and another, two states, positions and definitions. It also seemed important to me to identify the intervals between the states themselves in the Bardo Thedol, and not just in them. In total, there are 4 to 6 Bardo states in Buddhism of different traditions: 1. The Bardo of Life — the ordinary waking state consciousness in the present life; the interval from conception to death or fatal illness. 2. The Bardo of dreaming — the state between waking and deep sleep. 3. The Bardo of meditative concentration — a state of meditative concentration; a state between waking dualistic consciousness and "enlightened awareness of transcendental wisdom". 4. The bardo of the dying process — the interval between the moment when someone begins to suffer a serious death-related illness or die, and the moment when the separation of mind and body occurs (20-30 minutes after the last exhalation); the state between life and" reality " (dharmadhatu). 5. Bardo dharmadhatu-the interval of the timeless nature of phenomena (dharmata), when the mind passes into the state of its original nature; the completion of the process of dying and the separation of consciousness from the body, "clear light" (Tib. 'od gsal). It is believed that at this stage, an experienced adept can achieve "enlightenment" (bodhi) by merging with the "clear light". If the deceased was an ordinary person, and the liberation did not happen, then his mind falls into a state of deep sleep or trance, in which he stays for 3.5, and sometimes 4 days. 6. The posthumous bardo of becoming — the interval in which the mind rushes to rebirth (punarbhava); the interval from coming to consciousness after a period of confusion to the moment of conception. In the course of studying and comparing the concepts of "transition" in the Western and Eastern traditions, I found some discrepancies and common points that led me to define "liminality" in occult-esoteric practice, where there are also several states that have analogies in the conceptualization of Russian formalism. In this regard, I decided to add 2 more transition states, so the final series includes 8 works, each of which is called a "step" with a number assigned to it.

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