Video Artist: Vika Ilyushkina
Country: Year: Duration: 3 min 25 sec


Dance and choreography by Maya Popova.

Contemporary dance choreography translated into a domestic environment.

My films exist in the intermediate realm between dance performance and video. This is not pure dance but an attempt to create a new language – a universal one that doesn’t require translation, focused on modernity and close to human experience. The theme and exploration revolve around the problems of our time: loneliness, the acceleration of the pace of life, and the psychological splitting within an individual. The simultaneous experience of living inside and outside society is conveyed through the medium of movement and gesture.

In the videos, I relocate contemporary dance into an overtly mundane domestic setting, a communal kitchen, which is entirely atypical for this genre. In Maya Popova’s film, she “performs for the camera in the genre of contact improvisation.” She choreographs everyday actions while simultaneously projecting the inner world and personal sensations onto the screen. The acceleration and deceleration of movement during the film’s editing also play a structuring role.

In my works, the interaction between the plasticity of movement and the “cosmic” nature of electronic sound is essential. This allows me to transcend the ordinary. The absence of an auditory track in the film is also used as a method, leaving space for viewers to engage in their own rhythmic associations and creating conditions for interpretation.

The videos have been exhibited at various locations, including:

  • 2006: 1st Biennale of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg.
  • 2007: Espace Croise Festival Program, Paris.
  • 2009: “Inside, I Dance” Solo Exhibition at Irage Gallery, Moscow.
  • 2014: “Not in Fashion” Solo Exhibition at Gislaved Kunsthalle, Sweden.

Vika Ilyushkina

Born in 1971 in Leningrad, USSR.

Victoria Ilyushkina is a media artist and curator. She graduated from the Academy of Arts Russian in Saint Petersburg, where she studied art history and theory, hold a degree New Media program of the Pro Arte Institute.

Currently she is the program curator of the CYLAND Video Archive and International Cyfest video programs.

As an artist, she presented her video works at numerous solo and group exhibitions such as On My Way parallel project to the 56th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Manifesta10 Parallel Program “The Other Home”, at The State Russian Museum, at The Hermitage Youth Education Center, “Russia contemporary exhibition” Galerie Gmurzynska (Sweetzeland), Anna Akhmatova Museum, Al gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia; Iragi Gallery (Moscow), Gislaved Kunsthalle (Sweeden) etc. 


I try to transfer the subconscious into day-to-day life through the plasticity of motion, to reveal the hidden psychological processes. Dance and teamwork with the choreographer has become a fundamental element of my work. . In my films I address modern dance including it into daily environments as a contrasting element.