Elective affinities. In the frame of the interdisciplinary project "Human Condition"

Viktor Misiano

The exhibition’s title refers us to Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s heritage. In his eponymous novel characters’ emotional life appears to be part of natural processes, social contradictions are explained by Natural philosophy and high passion – by the chemistry of the elements. These romantic ideas of the organic unity of the world are undergoing a modern revival. Almost all participants of "Elective Affinities" began their career with an understanding of art as a holistic creative practice, which had no more distinctions in genres and types, as well as no delimitation of art from other forms of knowledge, including the direct experience of existence. Art experienced the similarity of the social and the organic, urban and natural dynamics (K. Holten, E. Di Maggio). And again, just as the pre-scientific and pre-rational knowledge microcosm and macrocosm are reproducing in each other (K. Lohr, A. Menlibayeva, K. Holten), name and fact, idea and phenomenon, number and thing (A. Csörgő, V. Fishkin) appear to be indissoluble, the world is now ruled not by laws, but by rhythm and sound (K. Holten, A. Menlibayeva). Subjects and time are deprived of distinction in this image of the world: present recognizes itself in the past (K. Holten, A. Menlibayeva), and universality of substance oozes out of the individuality of private things (A. Menlibayeva, E. di Maggio). Thus, humanity finds itself in the material unity of the world, in the infinity of its manifestations.

Exhibition “Elective Affinities” is an integral statement of the curator which is distinct by sophisticated and perfectly established conceptual and expositional dramaturgy. It examines movement in contemporary art which became noticeable in recent years – reference to the organic essence of the world which is being viewed in connection to the social, urbanistic, psychological and emotional processes. All presented works use as a turning point for their idea and formation principles and processes of the vegetable world and creation of the natural landscape, turning in the exposition into a web of connections and intercrossing when “behind the singularity of the personal things universality if the substance is revealed”. The theme of the world’s creation expressed in the preface to the exhibition in the works of Vadim Fishkin and Almagul Menlibaeva finds its continuation in approaching the “small Macrocosms” in the creation of which artists are basing on the natural elements.

 

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