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06 февруари 2009

Valentin Stefanoff in MOCA, Taipei

Valentin Stefanoff in MOCA, Taipei

"THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US"
9-channel video installation


Museum of Contemporay Art, Taipei, Taiwan
exhibition: Spectacle - To Each His Own
date : 14/02/2009 - 12/04/2009
curator : Gu Zhenqing



THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

William Wordsworth (1807)

This post-Romantic video of Valentin Stefanoff focuses on the
conspicuous clash and the likely match between the world of man and
the world of nature.
The mosaic of moving images leaves the beholder with an ambivalent
sense of discontinuity and flow. Each image is confined to its own
frame and yet the frames gradually reveal themselves as the fragments
of a series of pictures.
As the frames tail off to the top left end of the screen and are
succeeded by new frames streaming into the bottom right corner, we
realize that the human presence in these landscapes is slowly but
steadily growing: the clear horizon, the green fields and the blue
sea of the opening frames give way to a skyline of high-rise
buildings and skyscrapers, which are in turn replaced by the recesses
of industrial backyards. The movement from right to left suggests
regress rather then progress.
At the same time, the repetition of some déjà vu images, as well as
the re-emergence of natural landscapes amongst the urban frames,
makes one think that the process is not necessarily irreversible and
that a marriage between man and nature is still possible.
The musical score, which features a blend between the variations of
natural chirps and the repetitiveness of an electronic beat,
contributes to conveying the same message.

Lubomir Terziev

1 коментар:

Анонимен каза...

"Europe is lacking the art of critical reflection. We are demanding that the Bulgarian government apologise and that the covered part of Entropa be again unveiled," Makowska said.

I'm Polish who observes all the circus about "Entropa" of David Cerny. I must say, I'm also against censorship, but on the other hand, I'm also against showing Bulgaria like a Turkish toilet.
I rather agree with your countryman Petko Stoyanov who with his project and answer to Entropa raises awareness to degrading treating of chosen countries by David Cerny. ( http://entropa2.blogspot.com/ )
When Cerny shows Bulgaria like the Turkish toilet, he should find so strong and controversial subjects to all of the other countries. Tragi history and so important problem can't be comparable with Ikea box or Belgian chocolates.

Now Poland maybe can see the problem and starts to understand it when Petko Stoyanov proposes the vision of Poland as "The shower for Jews".
I really wonder if we - Polish - wouldn't have anything against seeng it hanging on Entropa in Brussels?

I know and understand that you, Bulgarian artists are against censorship and decisions of your government, but what do you think about presenting Bulgaria in Cerny way, comparing to other countries visions?

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