URL Stone

Video Artist: Egor Kraft
Country: Year: Duration: 2 min 8 sec


Courtesy of Multimedia Art Museum Moscow

The work URL Stones aims to study the various properties and longevity of media carriers that we as-sign the function of storing, transmitting and preserving knowledge, data and information. The investigation will juxtapose the same information being held/transmitted by two mediums, which have fundamentally different properties. The mediums include: firstly a text carved into stone in an archaic way, in accordance to how knowledge used to be preserved by ancient civilizations and secondly an encyclopedic article posted on Wikipedia, perhaps now the most common and progressive method of documenting and gaining knowledge to date.  The text carved onto a marble plaque includes a URL address, that refers to an image of this particular marble plaque which is located within the Wikipedia media storage (Wikimedia Commons), followed by the Wikipedia article. The article contains detailed information about the purpose & creation of the marble plaque as well as its cur¬rent location and condition, available for updating by the current holder of the plaque or any other Wiki user, in accordance with the democratic idea underlying the ideological principles of the site. The project is not complete until one of two media carriers is eventually lost, thus revealing it’s less durable qualities in site of the other. Which one will be lost first? Only time will tell…

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.