To divide

  • Alexandra Soldatova
    A friend asked me what ‘to divide’ means.
    To divide means to transform one whole into independent parts. Yet, if we assume the world around us to be a whole, can we identify such entities in it which are unrelated to each other?
    I conduct a series of experiments, going from the general to the individual. At first sight, everything seems to be simple: light and darkness, mature and man, the live and the dead.
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    Is it natural or human, live or dead? Perhaps, this is the same question. Art is suitable for asking yourself questions.
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    However, asking myself more and more questions, I have to be prepared not only for unexpected answers but also for their absence, especially as words.
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    For example, is a situation possible when the artificial becomes natural? And just the opposite, when the natural is too alien, is it perceived as non-live and thus artificial?
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    Or, for example, a photograph may make the dead real. Why then is it more interesting to examine it in such a way so that a lie remains evident?
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    A photograph does not care what to show. It will easily connect any non-matching objects in the space of the picture, by colour or by something else.
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    The harder I try to divide, the more connections I discover. What was earlier independent and simple for me, it suddenly becomes part of something, changing itself in my perception.
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    In order to separate an object, I have to look at it at such an angle so that I see no connections between this object and other objects, or these ties become common.
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    The details I mentioned and words by themselves build firmer borders for us than a frame of a camera object finder. Words and our previous experience make the black black, not the absence of light in a part of a picture.
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    Words do not allow us to see: words are a borderline between an object of photography and the experience which can be gained through photography.
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    I try to go even deeper, at least in theory. Everything consists of molecules, but where does one molecule finish and where does another molecule start?
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    Strictly speaking, there is no such a place; there is only an asymptotic ‘tail’, which we ignore in our physics class, in order to simplify it, to generate a model and to think over what is happening.
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    To have a possibility of talking by words.
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    Here is a piece of feldspar, mineral that looks like glass. If we put threads on it, there will be two images under one thread. One is a common image, and the other one is uncommon. Is there the image of the thread lying on a sheet of paper?

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