PROJECT HEAVEN



Authors Mykola Babak, Evgene Matveyev




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The one, who wants nothing, is closest to Heaven. Grygory Skovoroda. What does a modern artist need? And if he needs something, he moves further away from Heaven, as his needs and desires grow, according to Grygory Skovoroda. For instance, according to a Chinese tradition, “an artist does not conquer, he does not seek, neither does he run: an artist finds nourishment in the symbolic fullness of being”, or in the words of Chinese tradition, “lives off Heaven”.* Maybe Chinese artists are closer to Heaven? Then what about expansion of the Chinese art to the Western world? The Western approach to the global modernity is nowhere close to Heaven.


In their project, the artists work with “sky” as an object in the context of Dada. The audience may likely have remote associations with the project “Zen” (similarity Zen-Dada). The sky is only emptiness, blue hole (or some other color) in the project. It's purely semantics. The authors of the project act as prisoners – they don't need Heaven, because they simply cannot reach it. Or, perhaps, Grygory Skovoroda was joking?


Actual art is built upon actual artistic strategies. Naturally, the authors of the project influence the consciousness of the audience both directly and indirectly. They unwillingly coin the opinions of the art, all the whole trying to avoid the trap of the Western esthetic models, and not denying (rather hailing to) intercultural communication. The world becomes transparent… freeing self from excessive aestheticism, perfumery, and decorations – it appears in its absolute nudity.**



*   Olga Kozlova. Will the light come from East? Art Journal №30-31

**  Vitaly Patzyuk. “Modern art is the instigator of our memories, knowledge, and culture”.