Rooms

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Video Artist: Natalia Tikhonova
Country: Year: Duration: 7 min 0 sec

Description:

The issue of space and frame has received different meanings in the digital age. Today it is difficult to formulate where the exhibition is happening – the white cube of the gallery, in the artist’s workshop, or on the smartphone screens. The “Rooms” project is trying to rethink and reconstruct the concepts of space and the form of the exhibition into a digital era.

Screens are simultaneously a representation of the spaces around objects and a self-contained object. The video includes physical, drawn, and broadcasted pictures presenting rooms of different scales and mediums. “Rooms” are a homogeneous environment for the existence of digital time-moving images.

The project creates an art space beyond coordinates and time frames. Representation and its recursion are the main form and content of the project.


Natalia Tikhonova

She is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and researcher currently based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She works with different mediums, ranging from videos, poems, painting, and installations to social and curatorial projects where non-art analytic methods are combined with traditional art practice.  

The main interests of her projects are the states of instability and fluidity with their paradox of staying and moving at the same time. She explores them on the questions of memory, identity, personal and political borders, and art definitions themselves.

One of the main topics of her researches is changing the space and time of art from the perspective of "exhibition", which she defines as a sign and a process. Her curatorial projects exist in the form of nomadic practices or online platforms, and aim to take shape of streams and points convenient for multimedia and gray zones in the middle of private and public space where we all live now. 

Other topics of her art projects are determined by processes and changing trails of time, history, memory, identity, and structures of feelings. She tries to define them by examining themes of post-soviet, traumas, militarism, mass media, propaganda, collective memory using personal reflections, affective domains, and analytic methods.