Addiction to Becoming, Addiction to Non-Becoming: Off the Grid
Not an invitation to relive or rewrite the experience of the transfer of one’s social life (including its emotional and sensual aspects) online, the performance will encourage participants to look within and see how their conscious selves have changed in the current circumstances.
Skidan believes that the excess of online events and the redistribution of resources from the outer to the inner dimension represent an attempt to correct viscosity. Entering the matrix does not represent an affirmation of humanity, but its loss. In connecting to cyberspace, humans do not penetrate it but are captured by the space and experience a vulnerability of connection that affects sensibilities.
Participants will be invited to try some meditation and physical exercises that should help them distribute their resources. These practices can (but don’t have to) take participants into the world of their consciousness and psyche, which have been spatialized and transformed into a landscape where the inner has turned into the outer.
Participation does not require any prior preparation, however registered participants will receive instructions before the event.
Works in various media, including installation, performance, sculpture, and video. She studied at St. Petersburg University of Film and Television and Rodchenko Art School in Moscow. She is an artist and a professional yoga teacher, and works with materials, techniques, and narratives that connect Eastern spiritual practices and contemporary critical theory to reflect the complex issues of postmodernity. Skidan explores new ways of understanding identities informed by technogenic culture, the crisis of nature, and the looming point of no return in the ecological instability of the Anthropocene. She makes site-specific projects using post-digital artefacts and with elements of nostalgia for the lost natural landscape.