SCAN | KLAXON
Gallery 11.12. Moscow. March 3 - April 12, 2020
SCAN: inkjet photographs and lightboxes
KLAXON (work-in-progress): video projection (9 min) and VR 360 video (12 min)
Sound consists of 2-channel external soundscape and internal ambisonics soundtrack in VR
Gallery 11.12 will show two projects Scan and Klaxon by Nikita Shokhov and Anna Evtiugina. The Scan series reflects the difference between Russian and American social culture through the phenomenon of mass carnival procession. VR installation of 360-film Klaxon offers a mind journey through time and space, creating a poetic allegory of a divided consciousness in the context of the social context in the United States.
In the Scan project, Nikita Shokhov goes beyond the boundaries of traditional “direct” photography, but at the same time remains in the field of documentary. In 2013-2016, the interest to the phenomenon of mass processions and experiments with the technique of slit scanning brought him to attend mass and carnival processions in various cities of Russia and the USA. Mardi Gras in New Orleans, St. Patrick's Day in Boston, New York and Washington are exhibited together with the Victory Parade and the Communist March in Moscow and the procession in the Kirov region. Cultural reasons to line up in a procession differ between the two countries, but, apparently, their key social function responding to the demands of ideology.
The most significant processions in both Russia and the United States support the dominant national idea and politics. In Russia, they are associated with religion and the tragedy of historical memory, while in the USA, on the contrary, the most striking events are echoes of carnival, which has lost its original purpose, formed during ancient and medieval times in a situation of total fear. Now, as we see, in addition to supporting ideology and cultural traditions, their function has been transformed into a means of attracting tourism and promoting brands.
Scanning technology has the ability to document 40 seconds of reality in one photograph, allowing movable objects - machines, people - to introduce a specific effect of plastic deformation. Such subjectivity of the view allowed by the author corresponds to the spirit of photography in the era of “post-truth”.
The project Klaxon is a laboratory for understanding the Other. This is a VR 360 experience, which uses a spherical image to follow the process of awareness of "self" in modern American society from the perspective of a person from the outside. Nikita Shokhov and Anna Evtiugina work on the project together with a team of American and Russian artists and philosophers, trying to explore female and African American identity and engage the audience in intercultural dialogue.
The experience gained by the viewer in the VR installation is a journey through the mind of the main character - a black woman played by several actresses of different ages and races. Through symbolism and metaphorical language, the viewer has the opportunity to contemplate the protagonist intimate memories, thoughts, and the work of the mind in the process of becoming of her true self.
Spherical visual experience allows the viewer to observe the main character very closely, and get awareness of the emptiness of the concept of “I”, which exists only from the point of view of others and during interaction with the “Others”. The project is addressed to representatives of different cultures in order to draw attention to the crucial importance of understanding each other in the modern world.
Florida production stage: Fort Myers, Florida.
Nova Art group show: New Holland, St. Petersburg
12-minutes test showing
June - July 2019
Judy Kim - ambisonics sound design
Vera Weber - composer
California production stage: CalArts
Stephen Goza - stop motion animation
Emara Neymour-Jackson - choreography
Alyse James - line producer
Jac Langheim - costume design
Max Harper, Yiting Gao, Blake Derksen - location sound
Alex Michel - lighting
Danielle Wakin - set design and playback
David Stamp - production assistant
Animation films by: Gabe Mangold, Sam Lane, Sonya Fayzieva, Alyssa Bonnano, Joe Meredith, Sonya Lillis, Aileen White, Ben Andrew, Henrii Guerra, Anya Alford, Corey Feder, Leander Capuzzo
Second production stage: NYC
Fiona Rae Brunner
Sasha Shatokhina - line producer
Dazhi Huang - sound engineer
Paintings by: Jerelyn Hanrahan, Anton Katkov, Naum Medovoy
SYMPOSIUM: The Art of Becoming Black
Indiana University, Bloomington
First production stage: Indiana
Indiana University and Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington
Antonette L McCaster
Nick Philbeck, Kate Kharlampovich, Natalie Buse, Chloë Buse, John Bailey, Jerry Kemp, Serhiy Vernei, Ronald King, Rachael Mahaffey, Chris Dadds, Shannon Young
Arina Slobodianik - set design and costume design
Alexey Kurbatov - cinematography
Elijah Pouges, Chris Alexeev - location sound
Brennen Edwards - lighting engineer
Rachael Mahaffey - makeup
Ronald King - hairstyle
Liz Lipschultz - line producer
Pavel Anaschenko, Chris Waggoner, Victoria Marie - production assistants
Black Chorus and Orchestra
Five-day workshop and camera test, Indiana University
A workshop with performers, a choreographer, and a camera engineer, with the goal to make a research of body movements in time and space and video tests for the surrounding four-screen installation. We looked for characteristic body movements that will reflect the idea of political resistance in the digital age and apply a mathematical sequence to the choreography as well as discover ways to synchronize videos for surrounding screens.
Collaboration with Jeremy Michael Segal and Title66 theatre company, Montreal
This project is a laboratory of understanding the Other. It is a research-based VR 360 experience, which uses the medium of a spherical image to show the awareness of “one’s self”, “blackness” and “belonging” in contemporary American society from the perspective of an immigrant. The protagonist is a black woman played by several actresses of different ages and races.
Through symbolism and metaphorical language of different selves, a viewer has a chance to contemplate her intimate memories, thoughts, in the endless process of becoming of her true self. We address this project to various racial representatives in order to immerse them into an allegory of consciousness and draw attention to the crucial importance of understanding each other in the contemporary world.
The experience of a viewer is a journey through the mind of the protagonist. At the age of 12, in a small town, she meets a black girl of the same age. They become close friends but the black girl disappears all of a sudden. It greatly affects the protagonist’s whole life: she cannot get rid of the odd memories of her friend. In her 20s, she moves to a big city and models for painters. Her last client, a female artist, inspired her to become a painter herself, following her passion she made quite a successful career as an artist. By her 50s, still struggling with the loss of her childhood friend, she moves to a rural area. There she finally realizes that experiencing the oppression of society she was forced to extinguish her blackness in her attitude. Thus the disappeared girl was her own blackness. The viewer’s contemplation emphasizes the protagonist's inner overcoming of double consciousness.