Galéria mladých – Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

INGRID VIŠŇOVSKÁ The Unbearable lightness of being

The exhibition is the creation of the author Ingrid Višňovská whose artistic program is initially focused on spatial...

Exhibition opening: Thursday 23 6th 2011 at 18:00.
Curator: Barbara Geržová
Venue: The Youth’s Gallery, Nitra Gallery, Yupne namestie 3, Nitra
The exhibition runs until the 28.8. 2011

The exhibition is the creation of the author Ingrid Višňovská whose artistic program is initially focused on spatial and often interactive installations in response to the specific environments and existing situations. The author works primarily with new media and demanding technologies (light, laser, UV light, sound, etc.). For The Nitra Gallery spaces, and especially for the Youth’s Gallery, which has a typical staircase floor plan as an exhibition space, the site specific installation titled THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING is created. The author works with the interior space of the staircase which creates the installation consisting of a thin transparent dangling strips with applied texts that are alternately combined with empty fields with no text. Through the integration into the darkened room and the influence of UV light, the text emerges from the darkness and vice versa, the transparent sheets disappear. This way, a visual effect of levitating, blue backlight hologram in space without specifying the beginning and end. At first glance the aesthtic visualized form of text, which evokes the illusion of space in space seems random and has its clear direction. The author uses it strategically, as a deliberate contrast to the text, which has existential and destructive nature of the moving frontier of human existence, morality, ethics, and the enormity of perversion. Text transcription of the tape is an authentic conversation, or a chat between two people who keep up a shocking dialogue on death, murder and suicide. In this context, combining aesthetic and brutal forms of the content the author points to the dangerous plazs with being and nonentity, with the boundaries of life and death that are very fragile. At the same time she highlights the absurd “cold” way to communicate that impacts on a constructivelz thinking individual as unsetling and can evoke numberof questions, if not insurmountable ethical barriers.

Another way of reading the installation the author associates with the phenomenon of the virtual world of networks, identity and parallel worlds, as in her own comments (as follows): “The issue of identity creation, creating ‘chat rooms’ where people lose their inhibitions when communicating … without a clear identity. The space where different forms of bordering behavior concentrates, of bordering communication, and where the boundaries of what is not allowed lose their real meaning.  The common etiquette ‘censorship’ does not work and therefore such forms of communication reveal different layers of the human mind and behavior. “

The second part of the exhibition is a series of reliefs in which the artist used reflective tape to create the illusion of space to allow conversion of two-dimensional surfaces in three-dimensional object. By motion, the viewer’s interaction and by incidence an illusion of movement and image changing from 2D to 3D is created. Due to the real ligt the objects project illusive inner light that is reflected back to the authentic environment of constant interaction. This illusive game is for the author: “… a metaphor for the fragile boundaries between what I see and how I see it, and what is real” and also “a metaphor of two parallel worlds, which often overlap and modify their positions’ based on external perceptions of a situation … “

The distinguishing features – text and light, with which the author repeatedly works, are also used in the object Cube (2009), which forms the third part of the exhibition. This is a complicated interactive object in the shape of a cube, which is created by demanding technology (UV light, blue neon, UV-reflective paint, photocell), through which an object reacts to the movement of people in his immediate vicinity. On the basis of registration of a movement the text appears on the side of the cube only to disappear subsequently. The spectator is unable to read the whole text and clearly identify its contents. The author plays the viewer a sophisticated game, when she deliberately and repeatedly deletes the text and makes it readable. At first it might seem that she is motivating he viewer to an increased activity and concentration, which must be achieved in order to connect the dots and the text fragments into a whole. On the other hand it could be an analogy of the author’s ideas, issues relating to the whole range of problems (individual versus society, a search for reality, or relationship of reality and illusion), but for which there are no clear answers and so fragmentation becomes a metaphor for a world in which we move.

Ingrid Višňovská (1978) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava at the Studio space communications with Doc. Anthon Cierny (1998-2004). In 2005 she became the winner of international competition for the Ars Electronica Center (Map XXL) and she is a finalist of several prestigious awards: in 2005 Oskár Čepan in 2007 prices Essl Award.

Barbara Geržová

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