Victoria Art Center: Nature v2.0 Nucleu 0004
Victoria Art Center hosts the group show ‘Nature v2.0 Nucleu 0004’, on view through February 20th, 2016, highlighting how we have distanced ourselves from nature to embrace simulations of natural environments and destroyed our primary habitat in favor of living in the city, in our cozy apartments and modern skyscrapers contemplating the beauty of nature from the comfort of our couch browsing the internet and switching TV channels until we find something relaxing and hear the birds sing again, far from the noisy traffic outside.
The outdoor experience is no longer genuine, nor desired when you can go from one place to another only by clicking through images and virtual reality promising to eliminate any barriers that may awake nostalgia and a need to return to the paradise which was once ours to enjoy. The routine is welcomed, we live in patterns and survive thanks to our ignorance.
Lia Bîra, Roberta Curcă, Doamnadia, Florin Frătică, Irina Maria Iliescu, Kiki Mihuță and Bogdan Olaru, Marina Oprea, Maciej Rerek, Rio Rio, Alexandra Terzi, Vangjush Vellahu.
Coordinated by Gabriela Mateescu and taietzel ticalos.
Is a group of young artists who are trying to understand what art means as an object of consumerism, environment and way of life. This effort of finding out, however, is not passive, but it seeks to generate a platform for young people who have chosen the art field not by chance, but from dedication and passion. The group stimulates a response from the public, and by its actions aims to create a clear outreach of the presence of young artists on the art market. Quality contemporary art exists and artists continue to create in spite of financial and social impediments. The artists hope to find an area where creativity and experiment, accumulated in long term projects, prove useful and worthy of attention from a cultural and economical point of view.
Lia Bîra (featured) – ‘Lifeless’ / “Dynamism guarantees growth and it reinforces development. The city permeates nature, and what manages to elude its concrete grasp, becomes more and more static, more lifeless. Depicting death as tedious process, instead of an event – the city keeps us mourning over the downfall of natural.”
‘Backyard Window’ / “Nature has to force its way into our life – our primordial environment has ultimately become intrusive. For the <live-in-the-rushed-moment> contemporary human being, a mere depiction of natural is more than enough to feel in touch with our inbred needs: apps that mimic the liberating sound of a waterfall or of birds songs, air fresheners that look like stones – but thin the ozone layer, anything that can bring an outdoor experience, well, indoor.
We have developed the artistry to resume our interaction with natural to drinking juices or admiring landscapes on TV. We expound ourselves through patterns – Wake up, get ready, pick up our coffee, go on the subway, work, back on the subway, then home to have dinner delivered and put ourselves to sleep. We map our routine in an involuntary, self-replicating pattern, that helps us to fulfill our mundane tasks more easily, but that leaves us yearning to get back in touch with Mother Nature.
The patterns in Backyard Window follow the evolutionary course from natural to contrived, through the objects that make up my everyday life.”
Maciej Rerek – ‘Strabismus Concommitans’ / “The way we look is changing when we change the focus on our subject and then, the subject that we put our focus on changes our looking.”
Photographic Diptych: Untitled
Video: My first cut tree (edited found footage)
Rio Rio – ‘Obliterated’
Vangjush Vellahu – ‘The Rooms’, 2014 / “Realized in Guangzhou, China, during a one-month workshop within the collaboration between Muthesius Kunsthochschule and South China Normal University.
It focuses on the urban development in a neighborhood located in the heart of Guangzhou city, which is about to be destroyed, so that the government can build skyscrapers to continue the same structure of Guangzhou city center that is already around it. This small block surrounded with walls, it’s like a small city inside of a bigger one. One part of the documenting process was to document abandoned rooms. I photographed more than 250 rooms, most of the time from very difficult angles since most of these rooms were blocked. Even though almost every one of them was destroyed, each one was very unique in the sense of the composition and memories that it contained. In the near future these rooms will not exist anymore, and together with the rooms, the memories of this place, the things that happened there will disappear, and the people will forget about it, since this is a normal occurrence in today’s China. It was very ambiguous for me to observe this continuous process of destruction and construction without having a positive or negative opinion. Documenting this neighborhood was for me the only possibility to face the decisions of a restricted society in the moment in which they choose to change everything from the roots – and to keep the images of what in the future will be forgotten.
The interviews were filmed in Guangzhou city, and both interviews talk about and discover in a unique way the Guangzhou and partially the China history, the transformation of different points, such as material and immaterial. Both interviews form the two artists talk mostly from their personal experience, since they lived in Guangzhou for a very long time.”
Doamnadia – ‘Very Still Nature’
Alexandra Terzi – ‘Naturae refugium’ / “The apartment flower or Naturae refugium which is often of medium size, is usually very resistant and can survive without water for several days, at low temperatures when the radiators remain cold during winter or during the summer in the polystyrene isolated apartments. Naturae refugium is watered with tap water that we don’t even drink. The biological functions of this living organism are damaged by keeping the plant in the same pot for years until it dies. The only function of this plant is an aesthetic one, it being the symbol of an ecosystem transformed in interior decoration and, unfortunately, the only part of nature that the modern man still gives attention to.”
Kiki Mihuță and Bogdan Olaru – ‘As we were running away […]’ / Text on the wall: “Will I ever find peace?”
Irina Maria Iliescu – ‘Untamed and uncut’
Photos and videos: The re:art / Info via the gallery.