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… is life “beyond the bounds”? Is it really possible to look “beyond the bounds» when the story ends? After the collapse of the building, is there a chance to restore its appearance in thousands of small debris scattered in chaotic garbage? ..

In the town of Kineshma, Ivanovo region, there is a house of culture of the Krasnovolzhsky textile combine, an old Soviet building called the «Nardom». The Soviet Union was over, but the club remained. Dmitry Okruzhnov and Maria Sharova have been renting a workshop in «Nardom» for 10 years. This space has become part of their personal history. The past is merged with the current present at the point of residence of artists in this building. Artists continue the history of the building with their work within its walls. However, the walls are actually collapsing, the roof leaks, the heating has long been flowing into oblivion … Nowadays «Nardom» has acquired the appearance of space “beyond the bounds», where reality converges with transcendence. Here Okruzhnov and Sharova create a painting of the post-internet and post-technology, where technological elements allow us to designate a virtual unrealistic space, to change it. The space of their work is directly connected to the Internet, and the pixel has become their main symbolic element. Artists never use any ready-made glitches or glitch programs, always personally transforming a photo, themselves control the size of the pixels, their color, shape and even the degree of unloading the image. There are few accidents in their work, and the guys always find photos in the network space, not using their own. Dmitry Okruzhnov and Maria Sharova wanted to make a project about network ruins, they began to dig information about the USSR on the Internet, but it turned out that it was all in scraps of fragments, scattered, in fragments, like their «Nardom», which became the starting point of thinking about the myth of the USSR. Artists belong to the generation that grew up after the collapse of the Union, which in fact knows nothing about the USSR, having access only to fragments of a lost civilization, such an Atlantis. You can dig into the network as much as you like, conduct “network excavations”, but the “vision of the past” will never form a complete picture. In this case, the Internet becomes a time filter, the focal point of the simulacra of the mythological ruined zone. At first Okruzhnov and Sharova manually created a smooth pixel background in order to create a flat screen effect. Artists sought to create an immersive effect in a certain space, like underwater, so the color of the pixel background was not chosen by chance. The wreckage of the ruined epoch in this background begins to emerge, trying to evolve into a single whole picture, which in fact will never turn out. These fragments are similar to the exfoliated, cracked plaster on the walls of the ruins, or stuck fragments of paint, trying in vain to structure into the image. There is a constant interaction of the technological background and the real fragmented picture in the work space, which the background completes, or the media foundation is exposed behind the ruins. The picturesque space draws in itself, plunges into deserted rooms and endless corridors, in all emptiness and oblivion, in all the shaky borderline of the basis of modern life, where the basis of any knowledge and action becomes questionable …

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Turchina Olga.

 

Sound installation – 8:43 min.