Umělec 1999/2 >> Lukashenko On Water (A Project by Redas Dirzhys) Просмотр всех номеров
Lukashenko On Water (A Project by Redas Dirzhys)
Журнал Umělec
Год 1999, 2
2,50 EUR
Послать печатную версию номера:
Получить подписку

Lukashenko On Water (A Project by Redas Dirzhys)

Umělec 1999/2

01.02.1999

Umělec | project | en cs

During last year’s River and Communication project, Redas Dirzhys launched a gigantic portrait of the Byelorussian president Alexander Lukashenko into water of the Nemunas river near the Lithuanian city of Alytus. The size of the portrait reached 250 sq. meters and for this reason, it had to be first constructed on a bridge above water and then slowly launched into the river. A portrait of Lukashenko was not chosen by accident as he is a well-known media personage and a leader of an almost totalitarian country in Europe. As such he plays a very particular role in current media environment.
Originally, the portrait made of bamboo sticks was supposed to flow in water and slowly gradually dissolve to small parts. An accident, however, thwarted Dirzhys’ plans and the entire construction of the portrait collapsed into water while being launched from the bridge, taking with it one of his assistants helping with the project.
The accident gave the entire project a new dimension and later accelerated the debate it had provoked at the beginning. While the first day of the River and Communication project was quite well attended, the day after Dirzhys’ accident only artist and their assistants were participating. A viewer who recorded the previous day’s accident on his camera was immediately addressed by local newspaper which devoted eight pages to the report on the project plus many photographs. The entire event even made it to the pages of national dailies thanks to the accident.
It was very interesting to compare how the incident was reported by local and national media. Regional press considered the accident a main event of the previous day, running photographs of the wounded assistant and disappointed Dirzhys on cover pages. National press, on the other hand, were satisfied with brief information on crime pages. There occurred even some amusing coincidences as one national daily paper reported of the project on its regional pages but information about the accident was placed on its crime pages without any link to the other story.
In any case, the entire country was fully informed of the project, however unsuccessful it turned out to be, only thanks to its sensational meaning. In fact, more people have been informed about this event than is the case of any other cultural projects.
This case then shows how a certain type of negation of art, or virtual art if you will, may work, what strength mere imagination may hold (such experiments have already occurred - e.g. description of a painting that does not exist in real). Perhaps the unrealized Lukashenko had much more impact as political art than as an esthetic portrait flowing on the water. Maybe it did not occur to Dirzhys himself how much stronger work he may have created by having the dictator collapse. But maybe he will never tell us into what extend it was speculation or an accident.




Комментарии

Статья не была прокомментирована

Добавить новый комментарий

Рекомендуемые статьи

Acts, Misdemeanors and the Thoughts of the Persian King Medimon Acts, Misdemeanors and the Thoughts of the Persian King Medimon
There is nothing that has not already been done in culture, squeezed or pulled inside out, blown to dust. Classical culture today is made by scum. Those working in the fine arts who make paintings are called artists. Otherwise in the backwaters and marshlands the rest of the artists are lost in search of new and ever surprising methods. They must be earthbound, casual, political, managerial,…
Contents 2016/1 Contents 2016/1
Contents of the new issue.
Nick Land – An Experiment in Inhumanism Nick Land – An Experiment in Inhumanism
Nick Land was a British philosopher but is no longer, though he is not dead. The almost neurotic fervor with which he scratched at the scars of reality has seduced more than a few promising academics onto the path of art that offends in its originality. The texts that he has left behind are reliably revolting and boring, and impel us to castrate their categorization as “mere” literature.
No Future For Censorship No Future For Censorship
Author dreaming of a future without censorship we have never got rid of. It seems, that people don‘t care while it grows stronger again.
ArtLeaks
27.07.2014 19:39
Следующий шаг?
out - archeology
S.d.Ch, Solitaires and Periphery Culture (a generation born around 1970)
S.d.Ch, Solitaires and Periphery Culture (a generation born around 1970)
Josef Jindrák
Who is S.d.Ch? A person of many interests, active in various fields—literature, theater—known for his comics and collages in the art field. A poet and playwright foremost. A loner by nature and determination, his work doesn’t meet the current trends. He always puts forth personal enunciation, although its inner structure can get very complicated. It’s pleasant that he is a normal person and a…
Читать дальше...
out - poetry
THC Review and the Condemned Past
THC Review and the Condemned Past
Ivan Mečl
We are the fifth global party! Pítr Dragota and Viki Shock, Fragmenty geniality / Fragments of Charisma, May and June 1997. When Viki came to visit, it was only to show me some drawings and collages. It was only as an afterthought that he showed me the Czech samizdat publication from the late 1990s, THC Review. When he saw how it fascinated me, he panicked and insisted that THAT creation is…
Читать дальше...
prize
To hen kai pán (Jindřich Chalupecký Prize Laureate 1998 Jiří Černický)
To hen kai pán (Jindřich Chalupecký Prize Laureate 1998 Jiří Černický)
Читать дальше...
birthing pains
Who’s Afraid of Motherhood?
Who’s Afraid of Motherhood?
Zuzana Štefková
Expanding the definition of “mother” is also a space for reducing pressure and for potential liberation.1 Carol Stabile The year was 2003, and in the deep forests of Lapák in the Kladno area, a woman in the later phase of pregnancy stopped along the path. As part of the “Artists in the Woods” exhibit, passers-by could catch a glimpse of her round belly, which she exposed especially for them in…
Читать дальше...
Knihy, multimédia a umělecká díla, která by vás mohla zajímat Войти в e-shop
15 x 22 x 1 cm / 56p offset / cover three channel serigraphy / 1000 ex
Больше информации...
12 EUR
"Absolutely essential, and most likely one of crowning jewels in the post-industrial underground."
Больше информации...
12 EUR
S.d.Ch.: Varlén's Pantheon, 99,5 x 69 cm, collage and drawing
Больше информации...
900 EUR

Studio

Divus and its services

Studio Divus designs and develops your ideas for projects, presentations or entire PR packages using all sorts of visual means and media. We offer our clients complete solutions as well as all the individual steps along the way. In our work we bring together the most up-to-date and classic technologies, enabling us to produce a wide range of products. But we do more than just prints and digital projects, ad materials, posters, catalogues, books, the production of screen and space presentations in interiors or exteriors, digital work and image publication on the internet; we also produce digital films—including the editing, sound and 3-D effects—and we use this technology for web pages and for company presentations. We specialize in ...
 

Цитата дня Издатель не несет ответственности за какие-либо психические и физические состояния и расстройства, которые могут возникнуть по прочтении цитаты.

Enlightenment is always late.
KONTAKTY A INFORMACE PRO NÁVŠTĚVNÍKY Celé kontakty redakce

DIVUS LONDON 
Arch 8, Resolution Way, Deptford
London SE8 4NT, United Kingdom

Open Wednesday to Saturday 12 - 6 pm

 

Office: +44 (0) 20 8692 5157
 

Ivan Mečl
ivan@divus.org.uk, +44 (0) 7526 902 082

 

Shop
shop@divus.org.uk, +44 (0) 20 8692 5157

DIVUS PERLA
Former papermill area, Nádražní 101
252 46 Vrané nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
ivan@divus.cz, +420 602 269 888

Open from Wednesday to Sunday between 11am to 6pm.
From 15.12. to 15.1. only on appointment.

 

DIVUS BERLIN
at ZWITSCHERMASCHINE
Potsdamer Str. 161, 10783 Berlin, Germany

berlin@divus.cz, +49 (0) 1512 9088 150
Open Wednesday to Saturday 2 - 7 pm

 

DIVUS WIEN
wien@divus.cz
DIVUS MEXICO CITY
mexico@divus.cz
DIVUS BARCELONA
barcelona@divus.cz
DIVUS MOSCOW & MINSK
alena@divus.cz

NOVINY Z DIVUSU DO MAILU
Divus New book by I.M.Jirous in English at our online bookshop.