:: vtl :: aka Dimitry Morozov
Under pressure, 05.05.2020
For the HEK Net Works series Russian artist ::vtol:: aka Dmitry Morozov created a small machine that automatically breaks the bubbles of a bubble wrap foil so that the audience can enjoy the process and relaxation of this entertaining process during the lockdown period. The installation was running and visible via live stream from 5.5. to 12.5.2020 here: vtol.cc/filter/works/under-pressure
Morozov is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher. He focuses on contemporary media arts including sound, robotics and installation, placing special emphasis on the link between emergent systems and new kinds of technological synthesis. He has built many robotic installations, which touch on themes such as ecology, the information society and interpersonal relations.
Statement by the artist:
"In these turbulent times, everyone really lacks the usual rituals and actions that allow for a certain balance. One of many people's favourite pastimes is popping the bubble-wrap. 'Under pressure' is a mechanism that does this automatically: a useless machine whose only function is to blow bubbles in the film. The machine is installed in my workshop and through the broadcast on YouTube, anyone can watch it, destroying their stress. The idea for this machine came many years ago and at first, I conceived it as a very large-scale one. The circumstances gave a different result: on the one hand, it proved important and urgent to carry out this work at this time; on the other hand, the machine had to be produced in small dimensions and with random materials found in my workshop."