PROJECT THE AWAKING OF AMALGAMA



Authors Mykola Babak, Evgene Matveyev




Image emulated by the camera in the matrix has a rather strange quality, rarely noticed by anybody, despite the fact that the camera is an imitation of a human eye to a certain degree. However, if one compares images created by a human eye and matrix; it becomes clear, that the eye can only produce multi-layered spatial image. It appears only in the tri-dimensional space, and can be re-created only by tri-dimensional technologies. What do we get on the matrix? We get layers melted into one slab, an amalgam of sorts, that takes an appearance of a live substance.*


In his book “The Amalgam of Happiness”, O.Roy addresses the subject of a mirror and existence of the other dimensions. It captured the imagination of many famous authors: Alice in Wonderland; magical pencil with crystal borders in Nabokov's “Invitation to An Execution”; Azazello appeared out of a mirror which he himself created according to the Legends.**


What is an environment? Conceptually speaking, it is a multitude of components of various amalgams. The “distillation” of a notion, an axiom, a thought, a tendency is a complicated task, including that of an object. Especially utilizing a camera. It is a capable of sectioning environment a priori.


The goal of the project is to follow the visual structures of the amalgam via look of the thought through the camera, and to materialize them in the exhibition space.



*  Amalgam (rus. Амальгама, germ. Amalgam)

    A substance formed by the reaction of mercury with another metal.

    Almost all metals can form amalgams with mercury, the notable exception being iron.

    Wikipedia

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