AGON

AGON

“AGON”
2016
one-channel video
colour, 
stereo sound
aspect ratio 16:9
full HD
16’00”

2016 Solo show “Focuses”, Manege, Moscow
The poststructuralist notion that both organic and inorganic life consists of various kinds of machines is illustrated by four episodes shot in a functional factory. The artist classifies them as “politics”, “religion”, “art”, and “media”, though stopping short of insisting on clear divisions and the designations themselves. Thus, the circular motion with handshakes can be art (if art is addressed as a reserved indirect communication) and politics (if you approach politicians as primarily subjects of certain agreements). Outside the scope of the video lies sports, which makes the basis of the work: without it, the physiological parables would have been merely a document or a theatrical. Arts, politics, religion, and the media appear as exercises for the healthy and fit, just like different sports events. As to The Agon, this activity is total and symbolic at the same time. The performers are ceaselessly parts of the algorithm governed by a red signal marking the end of operation. The setting is a vacuum of industry that renders any sequence of gestures as hovering in zero-gravity. Valentin Diaconov