[ISEA94] Artists Statement: Dmitri Prigov & Marat Guelma – Yevgeni Onegin, A Poetry Installation

Artists Statement

A distinctive feature of the Russian mentality is the preponderance to ask impossible questions and to reach extremities in answering them (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy). Is today’s “computer art” really an outcome of the intellectual properties of the computer? We think it is essentially a human art and the computer is only a means to an end. Yevgeni Onegin, a collaboration of the Guelman Gallery and poet Dmitri Prigov is an effort to create real computer art: the work is a result of the errors made by the computer. The right of the computer to the creative act of fault is being postulated. Accordingly, all the other computer arts are declared pseudo-computer arts.

  • Dimitri Aleksandrovich Prigov was born in 1940 [died 2007]. Graduated from Sculpture Department in Moscow. Artist, poet, prose writer, performancemaker, theoretician. Exhibitions in many countries, a big number of translations. Leading figure of the Moscow Conseptualism.
  • Marat Guelman was born in 1960. Since 1990 he has been the director of “M. Guelman Gallery”. He is Decan of Art Management Academy. Curated exhibitions, connected with “esthetics of participation”: “Dedicated to the 7th congress of the People’s Deputatest”, “Conversion”, “Conformists”, “People’s choice” etc. He has organised more than 60 exhibitions during the last four years.