01.12.17 - 14.12.17, Triumph Gallery
Triumph Gallery presents “This Game Has No Name”, a joint exhibition by CroocodilePOWER (Petr Goloschapov and Oksana Simatova) and Sandor Szasz. The artists depict worlds of manmade technology that are beyond routine perception. These worlds are inhabited by objects and creatures that have lost their essence and identity, changed their shape and internal compass. The viewer is presented with extremely fragile spaces that are looking both into the past and the future, brimming with absurd ideas, actions, and characters.
The metaphorical epitome of such a world, according to CrocodilePOWER, is a forest. A forest as an alternate dimension, where characters find themselves utterly helpless: having no map for the route that they came to enjoy looking for a nice walk and some fun. Immersed into the deepening abyss of unknowns, they face a choice, either to adapt or perish. Change transforms not just their habits, but the characters themselves; at the same time, continuing arrivals of new characters changes the environment too.
CrocodilePOWER: “A celebration of progress in the modern society that has seen no fundamental change, except for its superficial packaging, brings to mind an insane party. People get a magical ticket into a virtual dimension that was conceived to serve a good cause, but ultimately came to be a bubble of comfort that is becoming increasingly difficult to escape.”
The works by Sandor Szasz are visionary predictions that mock numerous forecasts of today’s researchers and futurologists. His art is based on the history of a small village near Lake Bezid (Transsylvania), where the residents had to leave their homes because a dam had been build close by. Disruptive change of the way of life, nature, and people was setting in gradually and inexorably like the water edging closer and closer. The artist equates this process to quiet loss of identity, so his characters have no faces or any other distinctive traits: sex, age, social standing. The series on display shows characters roaming the ruins of an amusement park and eagerly designing various contraptions using the rubble.
“This Game Has No Name” is an invitation by the authors to join a mysterious forest party. Exclusively for the installation set up on the ground floor, musician and DJ Artemiy Anrilov, also known as his experimental alter-ego Sofist, composed a piece for a modular synthesizer that he built himself.