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Lesia vasylchenko
Zaraz
Fiction expérimentale | mov | couleur et n&b | 15'46'' | Ukraine / Norvège | 2020
"ZaraZ" is a sci-fi video essay within the framework of experimental cinema, chronopolitics, and philosophy. In the post-communist era, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, discourses of the end of history emerged. Instead of past-present-future structure, we are witnessing a temporal shift into the Now, which is continuously melting into the future present. “ZaraZ” reflects on the consequences of acceleration and alienation in modern societies. It portrays brutalist architecture sites, built to implement a “promise” for a brighter future into public spaces; and urban landscapes damaged by industrialisation and economic growth. Nostalgia for the future is expressed in disintegrating architectural forms of public and private spaces, and the possibility of multiple presents emerging out of multiple pasts. "ZaraZ" investigates speculative temporalities of the city and explore relations between time and architecture; virtual, real, and actual; current modes of how we instrumentalize history and memory. In a world of a single urban temporal synchronicity, the question remains: What Times are responsible for the production of imagined futures?
Lesia Vasylchenko is a Kyiv-born artist based in Oslo. Her practice spans between installation, moving image and photography. Vasylchenko is a co-curator of the artist-run gallery space Podium and a founder of STRUKTURA. Time, a cross-disciplinary initiative for research and practice within the framework of visual arts, media archaeology, literature, and philosophy. She holds a degree in Journalism from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her works have been shown among others at Haugar Art Museum; Tenthaus Oslo; Berlin Transnational Queer Underground; The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale; Korea Queer Film Festival.