The Carnival of eCreativity is a 3 day event held in the foothills of the himalayas in Saataal, Uttranchal, India. It is a coming together of artists and practitioners across mediums to present their explorations into their form with a focus on technology based innovation.
Eugenia Gortchakova, To the sun. 2011, 3 :14, Video, 3:4 sound, colour
The video tells short stories from Russian art history (with M.Rostropovich -one of the greatest cellists, D.Shostakovich – celebrated composer of the 20th century, V.Khlebnikov – outstanding Russian Futurist) about keeping silence as means of communication.
Kornelia Hoffmann, Ursprung 2011, 2:40 Video 3:4 sound, colour
The protagonists of the film are a pink plastic fish and a strange thing from straw. They hang down from a rope, movied by wind. The banal objects connected with philosophical thoughts about “eternal” themes of origin, void, nothingness imply that the sense of search for the origin, for the beginning is in the process itself.
Eugenia Gortchakova and Kornelia Hoffmann – Under a hat. Me as a stranger.
The center of the workshop is the moment, when a connection between me and the Other is internalized. People of different cultures are asked to choose from the row of headgears the most strange for them, to put it on and to speak about their own state. The process is filmed from different perspectives. (see Project)
The aesthetic and philosophical aspects of the concept are reflectes and illustrated in the lecture:
Eugenia Gortchakova – Me as a stranger
„The stranger -… is neither a romantic victim of our secret comfort nor the intruder, responsibe for all evil of the community. He is neither the coming revelation nor the direct opponent whom we should extinguish to satisfy the group. …The stranger lives within us: he is the hidden face of our identity. … If we recognize him in ourselves, we prevent that we hate ourselves.“
The ideas of community and the category of the Other have acquired an existential importance in the unpredictable, heterogeneous world we live in. In “together” (a possibility to say “we”) internal becomes external: individuality is being created in a meeting with the Other.
The categories “I-for-itself,” “I-for-another” of the Russian philosopher M.Bachtin concretize the relation to the Other. “A person as nature, as part of the world is experienced only in the other, but not in me”. Here the global and identity discourses meet.
To convert myself from language of internal feeling into the language of external expressiveness is the first problem of the artist. Art today is a laboratory for exploring these risky ways. New media opens productive possibilities to reflect “my being-with”. They are illustrated in the lecture with works by M. Duchamp, Orlan, L.Hershman, J.Smith, P.Campus, B.Melhus…
The row of examples begins with the video-documentation by Jochen Gerz “Shout up to exhaustion” and by Marina Abramovich “AAA-AAA”. Ancient epos was a cry of exclusive consciousness: it excluded strangers for the sake of survival of the beginning community (E.Glisssant). These cries today are the search for connections to the others, to nature in the global world.