Экспозиция состоит из трех эмоционально связанных частей. Верхнюю анфиладу занимает многофигурная инсталляция Гриши Брускина «Смена декораций», внизу, в крипте — инсталляция Blocked Content группы Recycle. В последнем зале — видео Саши Пироговой. Если Гриша Брускин принадлежит к старшему поколению, связанному определенными мифологемами, то группа Recycle, увлечена технологиями.

Важную роль в проекте играет музыкальное и звуковое сопровождение, специально созданное для выставки композиторами Дмитрием Курляндским, Петром Айду и Константином Дудаковым-Кашуро. Впервые в истории звук не ограничен стенами павильона, а проникнет в городские сады биеннале (музыкальный перформанс Дмитрия Курляндского Commedia delle arti).

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, более известный как Theatrum Orbis, — это название знаменитого атласа, опубликованного в 1570 году в Антверпене Абрахамом Ортелиусом. В нем был обобщен картографической опыт, описывающий мир, возникший в культурном и социальном восприятии после эпохи больших географических открытий. Географическая реальность, пространство, торговля товарами и информацией были представлены словом «театр», которое в этом веке перестает означать просто сцену и становится органической структурой, в которой сталкиваются глубокие эмоции, знаковые драмы, древние и современные знания.

Part 1: Scene Change

 

Artist: Grisha Bruskin
Co-Curators: Giuseppe Barbieri, Silvia Burini

Grisha Bruskin’s installation Scene Change, is as implacably regulated as the wheels of a universal clockwork, where two reciprocally remote historical times, Antiquity and Modernity, meet and clash in a series of eloquent images according to the ancient rules of the “art of memory”. This uncanny landscape, marked by tens and tens of figures, represents the contradictory nature of power, incarnated by a mechanised hybrid: the two-headed bird. Dolls, dummies, hybrids and androids give shape to the threat of international terrorism, while soldiers with binoculars, drones and archaic idols equipped with antennae and radars pursue the idea of a “transparent” world where they can monitor and spy on human masses. From the ancient “art of memory” – a millenary process of organisation of different languages, Bruskin took up the ambition to create a Magnum Opus, to melt our contemporary age in the crucible of a timeless alchemist.

Part 2: Blocked Content

 

Artists: Recycle Group
Co-Curator: Ekaterina Shcherbakova

In Blocked Content, Recycle Group create an absurdist image of artificial intelligence as an authority on ethical standards to play with the phenomenon of virtual reality and social media. In an exploration of immortality in contemporary society, ‘saints’ of the web are granted eternal life and ‘sinners’ – including spammers, virus retailers and fake-celebrities – are punished. An epiphany about life and death in the virtual realm, the installation takes inspiration from Dante's 9th Circle of Hell. Featuring scenes of Hell, the installation shows profiles frozen in a vacuum, without likes and reposts and unable to return to life, only fully visible through a virtual reality app that will be downloaded to visitors’ mobile devices.

Part 3: Garden


Artist: Sasha Pirogova

Video artist Pirogova focuses on motion and its capacities by exploring the territory between theatre, ritual, performance and dance to transform rational movements into metaphors. Garden is a performative video telling a story of eternal life, death and immortality expressed through notions of darkness and light. Darkness is not meant as a horrifying matter, but as a lack of light, which in turn means it has the potential to be enlightened and the human being is a source of light.

Grisha Bruskin. Scene Change. 2016-2017. Courtesy of the artist and the Russian Pavilion, Venice
Recycle Group. Blocked Content. 2017. Courtesy of the artists and the Russian Pavilion, Venice
Sasha Pirogova. Garden. 2017. Courtesy the of artist and the Russian Pavilion, Venice

Theatrum Orbis 

13 мая - 26 ноября

Sound Pavilion: Commedia delle arti

 

Composer: Dmitri Kourliandski

Commedia delle arti is a new work from contemporary composer Kourliandski consisting of an interactive and performative sound installation. From the façade of the building plays Commedia dell’ascolto recorded by leading Russian musicians. At the entrance to the Pavilion, visitors can pick-up ‘score-instructions’ that can be followed to create a dialogue between the artist, visitor and outside world.