The Succulenttherapy project has shifted the dualist division on nature and culture, including plants as participants in reading groups and seminars. During the sessions, the philosophical texts were used as a breeding ground and brought together the interests of the human and the plant: the oxygen exhaled in the discussions stimulated the photosynthesis process. The substrate on which the plants grew became fragments of a textual, human, symbolic body. It is an attempt to discover the inhumane, unarticulated in a language to show its "nutritional value". To minimize the distance between species, wearable objects with implanted plants were developed, as well as a phytocamera equipped with a hydroponic system to ensure the mobility of ingrained participants. The project lived for four years, after which the plants were planted in the ground.
Polymerized Cybernetic Plant
Artist and science fiction writer Anastasya Kizilova’s piece deals with questions of bioethics and digital colonization. It paints a picture of a future where a centralized process of plant cyborgization is underway, thanks to technology. In it, plant cyborgs gain the ability to communicate and pass through various stages of social integration: colonization, resistance, and liberation, culminating in their becoming full members of society.
A turning point in human history was the discovery of Louis Pasteur's microbiology and the victory over infectious diseases in the mid-19th century. In an instant, the science of hygiene became a set of superstitions. In today's world, concepts of hygiene are controversial. Plastic, designed to protect against bacteria, is a serious threat. Tons of undegradable material pollute the environment every day. The sorting of recycled materials is a marginal practice. The decomposing processes associated with the production of compost in an urban environment are disgusting. The POSTCOMPOST project glides through the epistemological framework of new materialism in the process of earth production. This approach to ecology reveals the contrast between clearly defined scientific concepts and unpredictable ontologies that go beyond these concepts.
FOUND PROJECT is an archive of unrealized artistic ideas, which the authors share for free. All projects are presented anonymously so that everyone may freely choose an idea for themselves to realize. The archive began in 2016 and since then is constantly replenished on a regular basis. At the moment, there are about 40 ideas in the archive.
From the moment of its launching to the present day, The FOUND PROJECT archive has visited the cities of Yekaterinburg, Minsk, Moscow, Berlin, and Helsinki. In each new city, the project expanded thanks to implemented ideas, objects and interviews with those wishing to take part in the donation of intellectual property. Finally, The FOUND PROJECT remained as an independent art practice in several of listed cities.
The project exists in two dimensions - virtual and material. In virtual format, FOUND PROJECT is an archive open for exchange of ideas. Everyone can take/send an idea on foundproject.net.
The material part consists of fabric folders designed by Anastasya Kizilova, filed with drawn ideas and short texts; a portable mobile station with the full version of the archive; documentary film about the first case of realization. All ideas in the archive are anonymous but if the idea has realized and both sights are interested in meeting, they can do it. The film is about it.
The Starvation Recipes project was presented through installations and performances that were created based on Ivan Zjilinsky’s Leningrad Blockade diary. In this document, Zjilinsky describes the daily diet of his family and the details of the lives of citizens during the Leningrad Blockade.
This project resulted in the translation of the document into German and also generated a German-language audio recording based on the text. Residents of Berlin and Hamburg took part in the preparation of the materials and in performance.
The installation was presented at the exebition «900 UND ETWA 26000 TAGE». It included a calendar, whose dates corresponded with the exact amount of food items stipulated in the diary.
The exhibition was initiated by artists from Hamburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg. It aimed to collect the results the art-research project, which could be used to create a memorial to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1943).
Work for Work
Work for Work is an exhibition making part of The Artist`s Uniform project. The audience was presented the results of an experiment built on the principle of skills sharing interaction: any participant could get an Artist`s Unifrom tailored by the author for him/her, in exchange for his/her personal assistance in setting up of the final exhibition. "The Artist`s Uniform" is a project focused on cooperation within the professional art network using the method of communication through exchange of tailor-made Uniforms vs. money, contribution or personal time of the art system representatives.
The Artist`s Uniform
"The Artist`s Uniform" – is a project aimed at participation with members of the professional art system. Its essence is based on the utopian task, to provide all interested artists with uniforms, the design of which is based on the ideas of Russian avant-garde. Based on her professional experience in the field of fashion design, the author offers to buy (in exchange for work or for a cash consideration) a unique uniform. Each piece is hand-made by the author and is unique to the vendee’s measurements. Thus a dialogue with the artistic community appears, which points to important issues affecting the current problems: economic guarantees of labor in the artistic system, communication and other aspects of aesthetics. The Uniform as the material implementation of the project becomes a visual hallmark that can operate far beyond the art system in the form of a unifying communication element.
Sketch by Elisa Frans.
Installation on exhibition « Last innovations», CCA Sokol, Vladimir Logutov as a curator.
Artists in Uniforms.
Media Impact festival, Moscow.
Moscow 2018 is a city with a dynamic landscape of temporary constructions entangled with facade networks and other urban textiles. Plastic bags, cans, cheque ribbons, black tubes and other materials idly lying under your feet, become found treasures of the urban jungle. Familiar and unnecessary objects that people have abandoned, leaving them circling in the wind, can be rethought and reinvented. All that remains is to understand how to adjust the optics. Under the dictation of the metropolis' realities, the first inventions that make life easier began to appear: a "social duty" vest; quick-lifts, armbands for sharp elbows, sleeping bandages in the subway with a reminder of the destination station... They are intended for potential citizens who are ready to set up non-verbal communication in public space and transform the passive position of the user into an active form of reality moderator.
The metropolis made us feel uncomfortable.
We use smartphones, tablets and other mobilе devices to hide in the digital space from the imposed collectivity. But even here we could be caught up by some stranger's view.
Sometimes the content that appears on the screen can provoke random neighbor to invade the conversation with its owner.
In this case headphones or a far-off look won’t be able to stop this painful invasion to the comfort zone ...
In such situation you can use «SHORKA»…
«SHORKA» has been developed as part of The Citizen`s Uniform project. It is project based on research of Moscow city and developed on the principle of participation with citizens. It includes open classes for those who want to learn sewing. During the master-classes participant could sew objects and devices or elements of clothe with messages which could be easily readable inside the urban environment.
This project refers to the main topic of author`s research - creating of relationship, horizontal connections and friendly society, using outfit as a medium, both inside the art community and far beyond its borders.
The Suprematic Session
The project was presented in a form of performance on a parallel program of the Manifesta 10 on the Art Prospect public art festival. The artist started a dialog with viewers through the game. Passers were offered to create a composition on the suprematic table. Most of the viewers didn`t know anything about suprematism before that session. The game let them to know more. The project was made for a public space. It included sculpture that can be easily installed on any carousel at any yard. The object was made of a flexible and light material and it easily turns to a small bag. It was possible to walk with this object along a district.
MAGAZINE (NOT) FOR KIDS
Magazine (Not) for Kids is a hybrid/a pantomime journal/a fast zine created by Anastasya Kizilova and designer Ksenia Belaya together with local residents for the Art Prospect Festival . The project takes the form of workshops for children and their parents, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas, neighbors, and friends. Special surprises are in store for newborns and those just learning to talk!