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TELLURIS. MANIFESTO



Authors Mykola Babak, Evgene Matveev




Dual Philosophical Disposition



It is impossible to characterize Telluris' artistic space via established categories. The Babak-Matveev tandem carves this ethical-esthetic-culture space in the midst of the complex global conflict between globalization and individual nations' tendencies towards preservation, further developments, and determination of their national identities. Telluris is composed of dozens of individual artistic projects. Almost all of them have open structure; it makes it easier to add on individual, as well as series of art works, as the projects unfolds. The Babak-Matveev' creative space does not have boundaries. It includes various genres of the contemporary art and their combinations. The artistic tandem purposefully and consciously separates itself from the background artistic space. We started building our own version of the modern visual art foundation, utilizing unusual constructions of psychological withdrawal, while at the same time keeping it separate from the fickle art fashion. The Babak-Matveev tandem fills their work with timely, occasionally unreal artistic plasticity and philosophical madness. We integrate our egoistical view of the artistic media space into a method of a suggestive interaction with art connoisseurs and professionals alike.



Moving from the trends of fragmentation and rhizome

as the main metaphors of the modern culture, –

towards the trend of “the new integrity”



Rhizome (fr. rhizome “root”) – is one of the key concepts of the philosophy of poststructuralism, introduced by G.Deleuze and F.Guattari. Rhizome must resist the linear structures of being and thinking typical of classical European culture.


The tangled root system of a plant is the example of the rhizome as a concept. According to G.Deleuze and F.Guattari, the rhizome has neither beginning, nor end; neither center, nor principle of the center (“genetic axis”), or a universal code. The scholars identify the following qualities of the rhizome: (1) connection, (2) heterogeneity (“…any points of a rhizome can be connected to any other, and must be”), (3) multiplicity, (4) principle of a signifying rupture, (5) cartography, (6) decalcomania.


We think, that a rhizome can establish random and unexpected differences, impossible to juxtapose based on the presence or absence of a certain trait. Rhizome includes the lines of segmentation, “relative speed” of movement composing its structure. The connections of rhizome lines create a so-called “plateaus” – temporary zone of stability in the midst of its constantly pulsating configuration. G.Deleuze and F.Guattari compare these zones against binary vectors of development typical of “woody structures”. Nomadic system of growth (concept of the new world view characterized by rejection of the strict structure, suggested by G.Deleuze and F.Guattari)* rains the problem of interconnection between linear (“woody”) and non-linear (“rhizome-like”) environments. These environments possesses immanent (“existing within”, philosophical category of inherent internal connection as opposed to external one)**, creative potential of self-organization, and can be called synergetic.



*     Wikipedia

**    ibid