Opening 13 of April, 5 p.m.
Museum of contemporary art in Odessa (5, Belinskogo, str., first floor)
Special Project «Internal state» – two author’s project («Archetypes (of my?) War» by Sergiy Lebedynskyy and «Internal States Spectra» by Eugene Britavski) that appeal to photography as a wide medium through which you can examine the internal state of the world – from the analysis of social conflict to a contemplation of physical processes of color creating. This approach is located on the verge of scientific art and sociology, but photography is the basis of the mentioned visualization and cognition processes.
Project – Archetypes of (My?) War
Artist – Sergiy Lebedynskyy
Following the development of the situation in Ukraine, I’ve realized that individual photos and photo stories about the course of events say almost nothing to me and I start being less and less sensitive to them. At this rate, it is theoretically possible to replace the entire flow of visual information by a single image and get the same result.
I thought, what if such a complex event as war or revolution was summarized in just one image, a kind of a portrait? For example, averaging the available photographic array is similar to refinement of experimental results or to signal averaging. Of course, it would be a simplification, which would bring the visual part to the limit of understanding and thus its effect on the situation. But do we understand a lot from war pictures, and what is our reaction to them?
With the help of the photos found in Google, I began to recreate images of the events, situation and characters that are, in my opinion, typical of the war in Ukraine. It turned out that averaging erases subjectivity – the emotion, the moment. The very subject is gradually disappearing, and the composition is generalized. When you look at the events in the pictures, you get the impression that you can see “through” them. On the other hand, by averaging of two accidental pictures of the event you create one image, which is more informative than each of the initial two. And, by doing so with the bigger amount of photographs, one could receive the most objective picture of the event.
Having averaged a hundred shots into one, I got an abstract portrait of the war in Ukraine, its collective archetype. In the resulting image, one can only recognize the horizon line, the image looks more like a landscape than an action scene. It looks like a blurred open field as if there had been no war.
Internal States Spectra
Original concept – Eugene Britavski, curator – Kateryna Radchenko
The substance is made of atoms – systems of a positively charged nucleus and associated electrons localized on the orbitals. The complex of electron orbitals with a set of certain energy levels creates a space of internal states of an atomic system. While atom interacts with the environment, the configuration of the internal states is changing – electrons jump by the orbitals, and this causes the emitting or absorption of electromagnetic field quanta – the light. Certain combinations of the orbitals involved in these electron transitions correspond to a certain color.
At the same time, the observer is fundamentally unable to see the atoms themselves in the form of small objects like the dust particles. Atoms do not allow themselves to be seen, but using the space of their internal states, they generate all of the observable colors.
The juggling of electrons inside atoms produces light. That light will have strictly specific color, determined by the distance of the electron jump in the atom. And а color is nothing else but a narrow strip from the entire rainbow spectrum. These thin color stripes can be registered by using the common photographic techniques. Photosensitive emulsion on the plate, developer, fixer – and here the spectrum picture appears in our hands. Detailed capturing of the light spectrum on the photographic plate, so that from the left side to the right the blue slowly turns to the red, provides the evidence that the rainbow consists not only of seven colors but of the large number of narrow lines with different light energies – the lines of shades, and each of these lines corresponds to a definite transition of an atom from one state to another.
We do not see atoms, but exactly the internal structure of atoms implements the principle that we can distinguish the colors and see something. Looking at the distribution of the spectral bands on photographic plates, we look into the space of internal states of atomic orbitals and see the bizarre electron jumps over the energy levels around the atomic nuclei. We pry into another world, which makes our world colorful.