Bogdan Aleksandrov, artist
Media create the fiction that shapes the world. The Simulacrum (the Unreal Semblance) dominates over reality or fully displaces it. The dynamics of change and re-modulation of society is an active process and we all live “actively” in it. Doubtful grandiose events participate in forming public opinion over a diminishing world. Art, having “achieved” its time, has “dissolved” into it, while in the responsibility to create the spiritual world of ideas it has also “attached” to the virtual world based in the Internet. As a result, this doubled non-reality has transformed into something much more – into Truth – through the living spiritualized global Network.
Civilizations have originated in the great river basins. Because of that those places have attracted people and wisdom; great ideas and world empires have been conceived and eroded away there. And today that makes them an interesting location for scientific and artistic research.
The Panta Rei project will study the dynamics and relations between everyday life along the largest European river, in correlation with the subconscious human feeling of becoming one with time/space which is bred by the imposing nature of the water’s dimensions and amplified by the elements’ raw potential.
Currently I am working in a town located along this river, and from my studio window I can see part of it every day. This view becomes fundamental to my concept of the river. On the other hand, I understand that the new bridge-construction works near the town are constantly monitored in the company’s headquarters through web cameras installed at the construction site. The numerous cameras mounted at different, and for the rest of the world, relatively randomly chosen locations transmit images from a fixed viewer’s perspective. In most cases this kind of choice is not characteristic for human beings. The image being reproduced and imposed is altered by the optic device and technical parameters of the web cameras, an image with its own esthetics and ability to convey artistic messages. The way humans perceive the river is changed. Thus relatively common (or ordinary), not quite intriguing and impressing perspectives, become significant, important and memorable images.
In short, I am creating a painting cycle of 10 works by using Internet images received in real time from webcams installed at different locations along the river. In the technique of their execution I add visual noise which reemphasizes the base media which facilitated their production.