Hole in the City
The video looks like an imitation of a computer game where the author is investigating Berlin’s weirdness which is concentrated in the abandoned spaces in the city - “holes in the city”. So she is “flying” - as a computer game hero - over the city, but not alone. She appears in the video with her friend. Moreover these two friends are duplicated three times to create a bigger and stronger team. The duplication as a sort of self-support: the heroes are afraid to be swallowed up by the numerous holes in the city before they finish their research. I thought a lot about them for a while and filmed them trying to understand their meaning - when Russian invasion into Ukraine started. Russia is my native country and the fact that my country is an aggressor now is very painful for me. I recognized that “lost” spaces in Berlin in some way owe their origin to my native country; I mean the traces of East and West Berlin everywhere. The yellow-blue flag appears from time to time in a fabricated Berlin landscape to support the Ukrainian civil society in its struggle for freedom and justice.
Filmed during one-month fake expedition in the Pacific Ocean with Russian scientists who pretended to research the consequences of the Fukushima’s cataclysm after a year and a half after the accident. I call it fake because from its very begining it was clear from the captain explanations that the area was clean: the directions of the winds and currents had been explored and were well known. An artist started collecting the images of the moving ocean. The rhythm and sound of the ocean masses came into conflict with everyday people’s thoughts, talks and actions. The travellers’ talks were collected as well. The largeness and greatness of the ocean with its cosmic rhythm of eternity was opposed to small human beings on the ship and by the sea. The voices of sailors, scientists and poachers are reasoning, discussing, talking with each other about some simple things and sometimes questionable dealings while the ocean lives its own life.
Filmed on a long travolator interchange at Châtelet metro station in Paris. It resulted in a sort of a "foot made loop" combined with several excerpts from a philosophical poem, based on a travel to the African jungle, written by Berlin based poet and artist Ilia Kitup. The lyrics, presented as running text, describe the poet's thoughts and visions during his adventurous trip to the jungle. The visual and sound parts of the video deal with another trip, which takes place in the core of a big city, under a concrete jungle. One could easily state certain formal contradictions between the images in motion and the text, but, paradoxically, they work together as a joint cluster.