Fahrenheit 451

The audience watches the wall made of books stacked cover to cover with the side edge visible, creating an almost white screen for video projection. This is a video collage of Youtube found footage from hundreds of fires.
Installation, video collage, 2min 20s

Materialisation of code and destruction of materiality. There are dispositions even more important: dichotomy of real and imaginary; opposition of real and virtual (on-screen virtual), both being caused by fundamentally non-reflexive perception of pre-digital culture and it's artefacts as a sites of retained authenticity.

One can say that present-day culture dictates perception of reality as mix of objects (things) and bits; share of digital (code, virtual; on-screen) is increasing steadily affecting our practices, be it anthropological, cultural or social. This rise of code, digital victory over (tangible) thing, implies destruction of traditional culture as obviously as burning books does. However, culture discovers new invincibility for itself by virtues of such digital destruction and once again achieves salvation on new, untrodden and sometimes obscure paths - in emergent configurations and shapes, recalling not a single one of those we knew before.

Generally it is a common theme of culture. According to Agamben burning books are very
closely connected with the concept of salvation and prophetic tradition.

The installation was a part of the exhibition "Disturbances in the state of things." MEC "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman", Mira prosp., 123 b, April 2 — April 26, 2015

Organizers: Department of Culture of Moscow, Museum and Exhibition Association "Manege", "MediaArtLab" Center of Art and Culture

Curators: Olga Shishko, Olga Lukyanova, Andrey Parshikov
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