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.
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.