Author: Ewa Doroszenko
Title: Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean
Technique: Full HD video H.264
Dimensions: 1920 × 1080 pixels
Duration: 7 min 50 sec
Music and sound design: Jacek Doroszenko
The video is based on the reflections accompanying artistic residences on the Greek island of Lefkada and Portuguese Azores. The project was created based on virtual landscapes from computer games and on digital distortions that often come with games. Fascinated by modern information technologies and their incredible potential to shaping lifestyles I tried to answer the question of how to authentically capture the rich duality of physical and virtual life we now experience.
The video inspired by virtual landscapes presents one of the ways in which we try to achieve a state of internal balance in the era of information overload. Despite technological progress, virtualization, and digitalization of reality, or perhaps because of them, we are looking for rituals and spiritual practices that will allow us to reach a state of deep awareness or at least simulate it.
In the video I used a text written by myself prepared based on popular guided meditations on YouTube channel, which listening to is supposed to help to calm down, relax and achieve the dreamed effects on various aspects of life. Choosing the contemporary visual alphabet and looking at one of the most classic themes – the landscape – I tried to present a strong desire for relaxation and rest, very common in the overloaded digital age.
Short biographical note:
Ewa Doroszenko (b. 1983) is a Warsaw-based artist whose creative practice employs a mixture of painting, photography, and digital media. In her current works, she deals with contemporary issues, especially the meaning of the image in technological reality and the fluidity of feminine beauty standards. Ewa Doroszenko earned a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She presented her works in numerous venues, among others: Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Vilnius Photography Gallery, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, MAH – Museum of Angra do Heroismo on the Azores, Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, Starak Family Foundation in Warsaw, Fait Gallery in Brno, Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Exgirlfriend Gallery in Berlin, FIESP Cultural Center – Ruth Cardoso in Sao Paulo.