*1989 in Moskau, lives in Vienna and Berlin
Artemiy Shokin works as a freelance scenic artist and stage designer. In his artistic work, he is interested in the creation of closed theatrical installation spaces and the associated difference between the private and the public. In 2018, he completed his studies in stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under the supervision of Prof. Anna Viebrock; he was awarded the Honorary Award 2018 for his degree thesis ACCORDING TO GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES. He has worked with the CHICKS* theatre collective as a performer and stage and costume designer.
A Very Definitive Spread with Citrus Fruits and Other Glyphs
2020, interactive installation
Tent, objects, mobile phone camera recordings, found footage
Tarot or “tarocco” refers to both a card game and a Sicilian variety of blood orange. The installation is inspired by the ambiguity of the practice of reading cards. This practice is not only used to tell fortunes and interpret the future but also as a tool to generate playful narratives. A tent installed in the middle of the exhibition hall invites visitors to enter and experience an entropic and cacophonous narrative inside – and to manipulate it. The objects found there become a collection of glyphs loaded with unknown meaning. Each object activates a reaction on one of three screens through touch: a kind of triptych, a visual archive comprised of video footage recorded in the area around the Akademie der Künste in the Hansaviertel district as well as found footage. A conversation between objects and digitally presented answers emerges, which is constantly being rearranged and activated by the visitors’ hands – an experimental space between profane and sacred, play and fate.
Developed with the technical support of Markus Roth.