[Beschreibung in englischer Sprache]
27 min 7 sec
A work from the Collection II of the Arsenal Gallery
R.E.P. (Kseniya Gnylytska, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Olesia Khomenko, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Lada Nakonechna)
The video Songster, which is a recorded performance directed by the R.E.P. collective, is a recollection of different artworks and artistic events which, in the past two decades, have caused scandals, public controversies, or interventions of the authorities in different parts of the globe. The several episodes include, for example, the censorship of the Soc-Art exhibition by the Tretyakov State Gallery management and the Russian Ministry of Culture before its showing in Paris (2007) (…).
The use of the archaic form of social communication is aimed at recalling what this form was like before the advance of information technology and fast news feeds. In the video, the culture of the IT society is for a moment replaced by the former oral culture, now effectively supplanted. The artists try to show the conditions of a place located in geographical, economic, and political peripheries, both in terms of the micro- and the macroscale. The isolation of the countries behind the Iron Curtain, and their later difficult adaptation to the post-communist reality, seems to be the most important issue for the artists. (…)
The text was published in the book I. Kopania Open Set. Works from Kolekcja II of Galeria Arsenał in Białystok and Podlaskie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, Białystok 2012