Unfolded



Video Artist: Egor Kraft
Video Genre: , Country: Year: Duration: 1 min 35 sec

Description:

As the viewer ap­proaches the video in­stal­la­tion con­sist­ing of a com­puter stand­ing on a typ­i­cal of­fice desk, the screen turns on and starts play­ing the video: viewer sees com­put­er’s desk­top, with the folder called ‘the sense of ex­is­tence’, the cur­sor moves to the folder and opens it up, a new win­dow opens with an­other few fold­ers of sub-cat­e­gories… video con­tin­ues …’

A ques­tion of vi­tal im­por­tance to hu­man­ity is lost in or­dered labyrinths of vir­tual space. Each new click of the mouse takes us fur­ther from is­sues like the way the de­vel­op­ment of mass me­dia dis­tracts us from un­der­stand­ing re­al­ity. Ac­tiv­ity is trans­formed into a sit­u­a­tional spec­ta­cle, in which the choice of a par­tic­u­lar me­dia as a means of un­der­stand­ing re­places our ef­fort to per­ceive re­al­ity and the mean­ing of our ex­is­tence in that re­al­ity.


Egor Kraft

In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Egor Kraft (b. 1986 in St.Pe­ters­burg, Rus­sia) cur­rently lives and works in Berlin & Lon­don. Egor ac­quired his ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in Fine Arts in both Russ­ian and Swedish schools, and later in Arts and Me­dia The­ory at the Moscow Rod­chenko School, The Acad­emy of Fine Arts in Vi­enna and Cen­tral Saint Mar­t­in’s Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Lon­don, where he stud­ied un­der a grant. Over the course of the past few years he has par­tic­i­pated in in­ter­na­tional group ex­hi­bi­tions, bi­en­nales and par­al­lel events in­clud­ing; The Moscow Bi­en­nale of Young Art, Ar­se­nale, the Par­al­lel Pro­gramme of Man­i­festa 10 in St. Pe­ters­burg and in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions in Aus­tralia, the Nether­lands, Spain, Italy, Aus­tria, Rus­sia, Es­to­nia, Poland, Swe­den and the UK. Egor has had two large-scale solo ex­hi­bi­tions in St. Pe­ters­burg and Tallinn, was nom­i­nated for var­i­ous prizes in­clud­ing the Kuryokhin Prize and has com­pleted artis­tic com­mis­sions for the Moscow Tretyakov State Gallery, Vi­enna Art Fair and Her­mitage Mu­seum.