Surrounded by reality

MMOMA, Moscow. 2015.


Virtual reality has become more real then reality itself. Virtual reality gives an opportunity to get lost in a constructed world, which most of us perceive as more real then life, so-to-say, hyper-real, being the world where our illusions have come true.

Half a century ago scholars spotted a new phenomenon – contemporary man lives in the society whose  main value is the transmission, reception, preservation and procession of information. Since then information technology has turned into the most fast-developing branch of knowledge and production. Our vision of the world develops from the motley selection of flitting images on the screen of a TV-set, a computer or a table computer. Our mind grasps only visual images, having no time to match them with corresponding textual information. Our perception becomes superficial and fractionally; our comprehension of cause and effect slackens and, as a result, touch with reality is lost. Imagination finishes the pictures, distorting the truth, transforming everything into a brightly coloured merry-go-round of events unaffected by the activities of an actual individual. Therefore, each person analyzes the information produced, according to her own notions and inherited beacons, processing not unlike the famous Godwin’s Internet Law and thus creating for herself a certain mixture of virtual reality and everyday life.

The «Surrounded by reality» project is a media curtain that closes reality from human. The curtain limits the space, immersing it in a constructed reality literally physically. Combining printing on banner fabric with painting produces an eerie, creepy mixture of mass product and handicraft, of susurrant grey pixel, these new atoms of any computer graphic structure, and pictorial representation of invents torn from their context and creating a new, whimsical narrative with explosions and festivities slowly developing from the digital noise. Here one can get definitely lost within a constructed world, which most of us perceive as a more real than life, so-to-say, hyper-real, being the world where our illusions have come true.

The project consists of 342 sq.m. banner. Painting on the press.