Mitya Zilberstein in collaboration with Nataliya Tazbash
SAND, CHALK, GARBAGE, BONES, MOLLUSC SHELLS, VIDEO (10’ 31”)
COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
SOUND, MUSIC: NIKITA VASILENKO
COLOR CORRECTION: VLADIMIR MOGILEVSKY
WITH FATHER JUSTIN
In this video essay Sinai Peninsula is a place of worship, a vibrant ecosystem, a garbage dump, and, to a lesser degree, a recreation zone and a military area. Speculative research explores anthropogenic traces in the desert and the slow pace of deep, geological time. Interpreting the desert as an archive or a database is also relevant, because silicon (the "Si" in the works title) is both a component of sand and an essential material in the manufacturing of computers.
This artwork was created with the support of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, for the exhibition "Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes, and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene".
Curators: Yaroslav Volovod, Ekaterina Lazareva, Ekaterina Savchenko.