Ozan Atalan, Stacy Belevicheva, Matilde Benmayor, Julius von Bismarck, Pamela Breda, Vladislav Brut & Alisa Beketova, Ekaterina Burlyga, Olga Butenop, Martin Callanan, Noor Ali Chagani, Julian Charrière, Revital Cohen, Juan Covelli, Chris Coy, María Dalberg, Jasmin Daryani, Petr Davydtchenko, Jonathan Doweck, Liat Elbling, Hüseyin Mert Erverdi, Karin Ferrari, Christian Fogarolli, Verena Friedrich, Veronika Geiger, Adam Gibney, Iuliana Golub, Florian Goldmann, Katharina Gruzei, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Ali Jan Haider, Elisabeth Haust, Joey Holder, Marguerite Humeau, Marc Johnson, Graham Kelly, Felix Kiessling, Paul Kneale, Fabian Knecht, Darya Koltsova, Lilia Kosyreva, Egor Kraft, Ksenia Kuleva, Joshua Leary (Evian Christ), Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Ekaterina Lukoshkova, Eli Maria Lundgaard, Vlad Lunin, Steve Maher, Nadja Verena Marcin, Maxime Marion, Zoë Claire Miller, Alice Miceli, Marina Moskalenko, Lee Nevo, Alisa Nikolaeva, Ismael Ogando, Tim Parchikov, Pau Pahana, Claire Paugam, Daria Pravda, Davide Quayola, Marina Ragozina, Martin Reiche, Rune Rasmussen, Farid Rasulov, Paul Rosero Contreras, Vesna Rohaček, Andrew Ranville, Jeremy Santiago-Horseman, Hadas Satt, Dagmar Schürrer, Julia Selin, Jura Shust, Rustan Söderling, Emmy Skensved & Grégoire Blunt, Joe Sobel, Wilf Speller, Yulia Spiridonova, Arya Sukapura Putra, Natalia Tikhonova, Alvaro Urbano, Ivar Veermäe, Martin Volman, Addie
Wagenknecht, Beny Wagner, Andrew Norman Wilson, Helga Wretman
Everyday, millions of people have out-of-body-experiences, enabled by avatars on social networks and online game worlds. At the same time, Google Earth and air travel have made us accustomed to the “God’s eye view” — pictures from satellites, in orbit, beyond the boundaries of gravity. In the face of climate change, a global economy in crisis, social instability and the moral consequences of the information revolution, the poetics of escape is becoming ever more seductive. Lust for an absolute outside powers fantasies of emigration to untouched beaches and even exotic plans for the colonization of Mars...
But what if these dreams are traps and escape? What if the ticket price is too high? Every rocket launch scorches the earth. The tabula rasa, the “clean slate”, is the fruit of modernist vanity. Its gleaming surface has too long obscured the depth of fractals and the fact that, beyond the canvas or a spreadsheet, there is no square one. Can’t we imagine a radical inside? For every evacuation plan we must create a thousand reconceptions of home — renovation of the spaces that we inhabit – conceptual and material hacks.
The ultimate selection of 87 projects by 93 artists reflects the most vital currents in today’s contemporary art. The featured works engage with some of most challenging cultural developments of our time – including ecological collapse, the dissolution of distinctions between ‘nature’ and technology, the inescapable topography of the network, and the interplay between transparency and opacity in the information age. Throughout, the works seem symptomatic of a state of ungrounding. Ours is the time of fissures, of prying apart, of penetration and cavities. Ours is an abyssal culture. If Modernism sought to strike bedrock– the zero-point of painting; the basic structures of human psychology; historical laws and economic science – today we hold no such illusions. We are climbing, or falling, ever deeper into a kind of black hole. As we do, it is perhaps to be expected that artists should be fascinated by opacities, by occultations, encryptions and conspiracies – the other side of the event horizon. Also, that they should rhapsodize about instability and polydimensionality. Deep Inside is a view from the chasm
Commissioner: Ekaterina Kibovskaya
Conveners: National Centre for Contemporary Art & Moscow Museum of Modern Art