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Aesthetic of friction

I love the concept of the Aesthetic of Friction by Matthias Laschke and Marc Hassenzahl. The idea that objects could be designed not for being convenient, but for making a difference. For instance, this project: This “caterpillar” definitely is not a handy device, but it is useful, it makes you care about the environment. For me, it means that I could stop thinking in the only one way of making people’s lives easier; and start creating useful things, which step out the everyday routine. More

Mystery interaction

First things first, we should start with a definition. Cambridge dictionary determines the word “mystery” as “something strange or not known that has not yet been explained or understood”; and the word “interaction” as “an occasion when two or more people or things communicate with or react to each other”. So that helps me to come up with a new definition: Mystery interaction — an occasion of communication between two or more people or things with a strange or not yet explained outcome. Cover source: Arrival (2016) movie trailer… More

Show me your heat

Surveillance and monitoring became parts of our everyday life and integrated into all the spheres of it. Talking about privacy I have got that idea to make surveillance and monitoring evident. X-ray is a well-known metaphor for seeing something through and revealing the true hidden nature of things, but there is another technology which has the same meaning and could be used in an artwork without harming anyone — infrared thermography. Here is a good example of real-time thermography using small addition to a smartphone Flir One: Also, I have found interesting experiment with this… More

Nothing sacred, just socializing

Trying to learn more about the Freemasonry, their values and principles, I have attended an initial meeting for those, who are thinking about joining. It was very friendly and informal, just Q&A and a quick tour of the Freemason’s Hall. Regarding new information, there was nothing, but what you can find on the internet.The most The most popular question was about what benefits you can get for yourself by joining. The answer was basically socialising and journey which could help you to understand yourself and become a better member of society. I like their values but at the moment I don’t… More

Do you feel safe?

Ok, so what have we got here? Regarding CCTV surveillance and any other kinds of monitoring, most of the artists (people) are concerned about being watched and consider it as something bad. Yes, I cannot be aside this paranoid point of view because we actually have no idea on how all that data is being collected, who has access to it and how it could be used. People are afraid of unknown; it is nature. If you do not know what are you dealing with it could be dangerous, so to stay safe we tend to decrease an uncertainty level around… More

Perception of space and safety

I find it very compelling how people’s feeling of security and space perception change by using simple psychological tricks. I started thinking about that when, while our LCC Studio overtake, Zhiguo Zeng build his prototype of the future apartment by using only tape outlines on the floor. When you step into it, your mind immediately changes the way you perceive the space around you. You feel like you are actually inside a structure, which fences you off from the outside world and can protect you. Like in Gestalt principle of closure our mind tends to complete everything to get a familiar structure and that completion… More

Light, fog, projection and other sea birds

Back in 2011, I was lucky enough to visit a solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson in Kyiv. It is not a regular thing in Ukraine to hold art exhibitions of such high-quality level. At that period I used to be considerably sceptic to contemporary art because most of the artists trying to be spotted by audience provoking strong emotional feedback, and the easiest way to do so is to shock and arouse disgust, fear and depress. That is why I was fairly surprised by the Olafur’s artworks as they are playful and aesthetically pleasing, though deep and thought-provoking. I love the way he manipulates… More

Bring it up from your subconsciousness

As I mentioned in my previous blog entries, when we got to the LCC Studio at the Elephant&Castle Shopping Centre, I was surprised by the number of surveillance cameras in that place, but I noticed them mostly because I had already had a focus on people’s privacy and monitoring. When I asked others in the room no one paid any attention to the cameras before I pointed on them. So that is why I decided to make invisible visible and make surveillance tangible and noticeable. For me, surveillance creates something like a net above our heads and makes me feel that… More

Personal space? No.

When we have got to the LCC Studio at Elephant&Castle Shopping Centre I was surprised by the huge amount of cameras for the one open space. There are 9 (nine!) cameras. So are there at least one place where you can hide from the cameras. Let’s figure it out. I have made the photos from the points of view of each camera to map the coverage: #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode()… More

What I think about Freemasonry

After exploring loads of information, I have got a feeling, that Freemasonry is an organisation which does what they claim. It is like a gentlemen’s club with its specific. They care about networking and contribution to family and society. Yes, it has much in common with religion, because of sharing same moral values and it is full of symbolism and rituals. But it does not promise you any kind of salvation, they just help you to be a better person. All the conspiracy theories were created because of the secrecy around them. Regarding, all the mystery was created to protect… More