Kate Umnova
TITLE: New Japan. The Observer Effect
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DATES: 4 / 2018 — 7 /2018
CURATORS: Kate Umnova, Margarita Osepyan, Johan Rijpma
ARTISTS: Haruyuki Ishii, Takashi Makino, Soichiro Mihara, Yuko Mohri, Ryo Orikasa, Aki Sasamoto, Akihiko Taniguchi, Sayaka Shimada, Lyota Yagi, Jinichi Yamaoka, Onishi Yasuaki, Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi, exonemo, SHIMURAbros
ABOUT: A group exhibition of Japan new media art. Contemplation is one of the key elements to the Eastern Philosophy, taking its origins in Zen culture and writing traditions. At the same time, Observation allows one to investigate the laws of the Physical Universe. The term Observer Effect implies an influence that a scientist has on the subject of his observation.
Gathered projects turn hidden forces of nature (gravity, electromagnetism, kinetic tension, radiation and more) to the tangilble, hearable and visible forms, allowing a viewer to become an observer himself and spend time contemplating.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Afisha Daily , Radio Kultura
TITLE: Meta Matter
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DATES: 6 / 2017 — 9 /2017
CURATORS: Margarita Osepyan, Kate Umnova, Mette Petters
ARTISTS: Lucette Braune, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukacs, Daniel Weissek, Wouter Venema, Douwe Dijkstra, Robbie Cornelissen, Evelin Lohbech, Johan Rijpma, Studio Smack, Wiep Teeuwisse, Tomas Schats, Fons Schiedon
ABOUT: Within the context of latest technologies, contemporary understanding of material reality has become a subject for reconsideration. Ways, in which motion pictures establish their truth claims react to the progress of computer skills and provide animation with the indexical power.On the one hand, animation questions the traditional means of representing the physical world. On the other hand, it extends objective narration with an opportunity to convey the protagonists' subjective feelings and emotional states.
"Meta Matter" is a group exhibition of Dutch artists who use animation as a way to create meta reality.
TITLE: Stelarc's Postevolution: Hybridisation rather than typization
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DATES: 11 / 2017 — 1 /2018
CURATORS: Katya Krylova, Kate Umnova
ARTIST: Stelarc
ABOUT: A documentary project that was dedicated to the work of Australian artist Stelarc. Being the initiator of the alternative anatomy laboratory at Curtin University (Perth, Australia) Stelarc prefers to see artificial intelligence and robotics as part of a person's personality and has been editing his own body for decades. The project analyses his extreme experiments with the body within the discourse of cyberutopia, a post-gender, post-class, post-racial world of hybrids, aimed at ending the practice of classifying and typifying people by race, age, IQ and other parameters.
TITLE: 2x2. Animation Exhibition
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DATES: 6 / 2018 — 9 /2018
CURATORS: Kate Umnova
ABOUT: In summer 2018 2x2 launched a summer air design under the slogan «Do not grow up, it's a trap!». The "2x2" Exhibition showcases experimental attitude of the channel towards the programming format and the history of 2x2 collaborative relationships with its viewer.
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