Voyager's Record (2018)

Paulina Brelińska
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Point of departure. The exhibition "The Voyager's Record" refers to traveling as such a form of mobility, which results from the internal need to see inaccessible, undiscovered, lost and mysterious places. Its title refers to the name of two gold-plated disks - The Voyager Golden Record - which was placed in the 1970s on board of spacecraft launched as part of the Voyager program. There were some specific recordings and photographs on these disks that were supposed to show the life cycle of the human species on Earth to the extraterrestrial viewers. The exhibition showing the latest works created by young artists figuratively refers to the untamed dreams of seeing unknown lands and what is more the cosmos. Artists’ projects pay attention to the images and elements of nature that interest them during their “expeditions” (expedition is translated as “mobility organized for a specific purpose”). Such concept situates the artist in the position of a researcher/explorer who archives/documents reality and nature for a specific purpose. These objects are deprived of the features of the “artifact” (translated as “incorrect element of the scientific research result”). On the contrary, they become a specific scientific record depicting life on Earth. During the nineteenth century, when the ideological trend called romanticism was developing, the author of the book “COSMOS. Alexander Humboldt's physical description of the world” noticed that nature is a constant object of the discoverer's fascination. When observing the works of contemporary artists, the aforementioned glorification of nature seems to be still super important. Humboldt wrote: "Children's joy at the sight of the particular figures of the countries and the closed seas, as geographical cards show us; the desire to see the constellations of the southern sky that are not on our firmament; images of palm and Lebanon cedars in the holy scriptures; they are all things as an example cited, and which are capable of awakening in the young soul unreasonable desire to see distant lands.” 1 The exhibition is a story about spiritual travels, as well as about feelings that accompany the search for one's own nature. Staying in a state of suspension, properly distant from reality, very credible memorabilia arise - telling a lot about the Earth itself. However, it is not so much its scientific portrait that is important but the presentation of our planet from the perspective of the internal experiences of its inhabitants. Paulina Brelińska
typeresearch exposition
keywordsVoyager, travel, research, Residencies, artistic research, curating, exhibition, master research, researcher praxis, earth, Cosmology
last modified30/05/2018
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