“Inside the Unknown” is a study of contemporary society and the anti-utopian consequences of technological progress. It is a curious tale of reinventing one’s identity: centuries of fostering human relationships and their total immersion into the online mode within a few years. This is a story about today, tomorrow, and a thousand years from now.
Project includes Darina Mo Mot’s series of paintings and an interactive installation, which will provide an opportunity for each visitor to leave their ‘selfie’ in the gallery and take part in a social experiment, aimed to represent people on social media. In continuation with the topic of digital omnipresence in everyday life, this project also includes Rafael Hanussek’s video called “Generation Y the Fuck.”
It’s an insightful set of recordings and interviews of different people across the globe, from Asia and Europe to America, which were compiled during two years that artist has spent making this film. As a result, a 100 hour-long footage was documented during his travels in eight different countries and 17 cities. Regardless of the diversity of these cultures, young people looked quite similar in their style, the way they dressed, and their overall mood and sense of isolation. “Inside the Unknown” — an entangled tale of a digital generation.
“At first glance, “Inside the Unknown” project aims to combine the impossible, yet it is a deliberate provocation, which points out the chasm and border that occurs between reality and virtuality in the age of blossoming digital-narcissism. This project is conceived by two unique Generation Y artists — a Ukrainian painter, Darina Mo Mot, who extrapolates the offline reality [in her works], and a young German director, Rafael Hanussek, who captures the devaluation of sensations and emotions of real life, due to the constant mediator — the smartphone.
For Art Ukraine Gallery this project is also challenging. In order not to get bogged down by institutional egocentrism, which recently is the case for the art world, we chose a curator outside of our institution — one of the most renowned curators and art experts in the field — Evgen Karas. We don’t know for sure, where this bridge of “Inside the Unknown” will take us, but I’m sure that it will be exciting!” — Nataliia Zabolotna, founder of Artukraine.
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