06.05.2015 – 22.11.2015
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, La Fabrique Barbot et Fournier, France and Triumph Gallery present a solo exhibition of Recycle Group (Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov), being a Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The total site-specific installation CONVERSION will be staged at the church Sant’Antonin, founded in the VII century.
The project CONVERSION by Recycle Group refers to the life of a modern man as it is in the age of the world web and new gadgets. Data transmission speed, constant data refreshing and availability — with every seventh person on earth owning a smartphone — have given birth to the cult of new technologies. Recycle Group’s project compares the globalization of information networks to the conversion to some new "religion" where the scope of information available in the virtual space is a new presiding deity.
At the ancient church’s hall, Recycle Group will present the ruins of the sanctuary of the 21th century. The show CONVERSION will include sculptures and bas-reliefs, in which figures of "Neo-Apostles" appear as the bearers of a new sacred knowledge manifested in the stream of virtual information. This imposing structure is sited in the traditional position of the church altarpiece. At the centre as if surmounting the altar, is a giant Facebook ‘cross’. The display also includes "wooden remnants" of Noah’s Ark, with familiar icons from smartphone screens identifiable in its fragments.
According to James Putnam, the exhibition curator: "Their (the Group’s) art is characterized by a sophisticated provocation juxtaposing incompatible subjects like archetypes and classical forms with contemporary cultural icons. CONVERSION proposes a parallel between the Christian enlightenment and the digital technological revolution where sacred knowledge formerly residing in the heavens is now located in the virtual space of The Cloud."