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Katoptron (Direction of the Mirror Glance)
Curator: Natalia Kamenetskaya

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Museum Center Other Art at the Russian State University for Humanities   6 march 2007 — 1 april 2007

curator

  • Natalia Kamenetskaya

project description

Optics versus Eidos
There are two mirrors, two foci of seeing, two instrument-glances. One is an instrument of seeing per se (Zeuss eye), also known as Vertovs cine-eye. This is the kind of seeing which tracks down reality in all its suddenness and intensity and, despite our resistance, presents it to us. And there is looking at oneself in the mirror by sinking into ones own infinity, losing ones shape and dissolving ones images... until the world, as the divine darkness, meets ones eye. If one is to transcend a phantasm one must part with oneself as an image in the best traditions of Russian veracity: I am a poet! To my mind, you are crap; I am a woman. To my mind, you are a... Identification in this case becomes a working model, the vigorous straining of a mental effort. . This activity, catharsis and metanoia (cleansing and conversion) ensures the rebirth of meaning. It is in this case alone that seeing is stronger than an image, an event is stronger than the signified, and the real meaning is revealed.

artists

  • Natalia Abalakova
  • Anna Alchuk
  • Elena Bizunova
  • Galina Bleich (Israel)
  • Marina Chernikova
  • Evelina Deikmane (Latvia)
  • Alexandra Dementieva
  • Elena Elagina
  • Michal Heiman (Israel)
  • Natalia Kamenetskaya
  • Maria Konstantinova
  • Elena Kovylina
  • Valentina Kropivnitskaya (Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern
  • European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation)
  • Marina Lyubaskina
  • Irina Nakhova
  • Katrina Neiburga (Latvia)
  • Anastasia Nelyubina
  • Maria Ovchinnikova
  • Boryana Rossa (Bulgaria)
  • Aidan Salakhova
  • Vera Sazhina
  • Angela Strassheim (USA, Heather and Tony Podesta Collection)
  • Ekaterina Sysoeva
  • Olga Tobreluts
  • Natalia Turnova
  • Irina Valdron
  • Yvonne Vjegers (Canada)

organisers

  • RSUH Museum Centre
  • INO Creative Laboratory Autonomous Non-profit Organisation




A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is coming out on the 1st March.








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