Prof. Kerstin MeyOur contemporary life is marked by a glut of images: still, moving, multi-media, flat or three-dimensional. Enabled by digitisation and ubiquitous media, images circulate effortlessly across geo-political, social and cultural, historical and generational boundaries. There does not seem to be any human experience left that has not already been pictured and mediated. Images shape how we perceive and govern ourselves, relate to others and understand the world around us.

Taking as example recent digital video collages of The Liminal Space Trilogy by the Russian art group AES+F, the presentation asks what is the function and status of visual art works within contemporary society? How might art affect our subjectivisation?

Since the late 1980s, the Moscow based artist group AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky, and Vladimir Fridkes) have worked with photography, video, computer animation as well as the traditions of painting, drawing and sculpture. In 2011, they premiered Allegoria Sacra, a monumental, nine-channel video production, which completes their Liminal Space Trilogy: depictions of an imagined future. Familiar references from computer games and film, travel catalogues, fashion magazines and advertising, painting and architectural almanacs, technology and classical aesthetics, ‘artefaction’ and ‘artefiction’ are woven into a dense tapestry.

Whilst the digital collage of Allegoria Sacra thematises purgatory, Last Riot (2007) and the Feast of Trimalchio (2009) are concerned with contemporary allegories of hell and paradise respectively. What are we to make of these hyperrealistic multi-media choreographies? What is their potential to project and explore current cultural value propositions and alternatives social visions?

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