Ivana Mirchevska (b.1992, Skopje) is a visual artist and researcher whose practice is rooted in time based media, visual anthropology,...Read More
Elena Chemerska (b.1991, Skopje) is a visual artist and researcher whose work explores the relations between aesthetics, materiality and politics....Read More
Thresholds Of No-Body In Particular
Exhibition opening and official opening of the festival
“Thresholds Of No-Body In Particular”
Imagine a mutable architecture operating as open source software, whose materiality and virtuality remains available for perpetual modification and enhancement following the navigational impulse of the body. This is an impetus of the body in which affect is expressed spatially, as existing across and among people, not limited only within them. We enter this threshold (space) via prosthetic means. Generating images / bodies / avatars, we ask: what does it mean to inhabit such a body in such a reality? What are we seeing when we see not only images, but the image of ourselves, and not only that image, but that image seeing and interacting with all the other images of that realm? What are we feeling when we feel these images interact, when we feel our avatar interact with other images? Is it even possible to feel something in these instances? What is virtual affect? How does virtual affect come about?
Nothing should be accepted as fixed, permanent, or ‘given’—neither material conditions nor social forms. Today we bear witness of a paradigm shift in our relation to the world and the other, of being confined to enclosed, often small spaces, and fixed in particular locations, we are reconsidering how our body economy is subjected to new forms of affective, political, geographical subjugation and alienation. Notwithstanding our avatars bear our semblance, yet by no means they are we, as they are a strategic attempt to deploy existing technologies to re-engineer the world for progressive gender ends. Therefore this work is an attempt to join the xenofeminist call for deployment of reason, in which reason stands for the right of everyone to speak as no one in particular.
Collaborator: Vlado Danailov, architect
Music: Jovan Bliznakovski
Helena and Europa are the alter egos of Elena Chemerska and Ivana Mirchevska, respectively, which were born out of the experience with the Speculative Manual on Haunted Thresholds. Helena is a remembering and formulating machine, a goddess of the neural network. She is a freedom fighter and a terrorist for the independence of associations. Europa is the summoner of the digital outcasts. She is a plateau and a space with many coordinates. She nourishes the eye and the mind. She is the screen, a noise and a voice: registers the emotional, cognitive and perceptual apparatuses of all cyber species.