Author: Ewa Doroszenko → ewa-doroszenko.com
Title: Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean
Technique: Full HD video H.264
Dimensions: 1920 × 1080 pixels
Duration: 7' 50
stereo | color
The video is based on the reflections accompanying Artist-in-Residence on the island of Lefkada in Greece and the Azores in Portugal. Music and sound design by Jacek Doroszenko.
The video is based on reflections accompanying artist residencies on the Greek island of Lefkada and the Portuguese Azores. The project uses virtual landscapes from computer games and digital distortions that often accompany games. Fascinated by modern information technologies and their incredible potential to shape lifestyles, I seek to answer the question of how to authentically capture the rich duality of physical and virtual life that we currently experience. Inspired by virtual landscapes, I present how we strive to achieve a state of inner balance in an age of information overload.
Despite technological advances, virtualization, and digitalization of reality, we are still 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 also use a text I wrote based on meditations popular on the YouTube channel, listening to which helps to calm down, relax and achieve the desired results in various aspects of life. By using the alphabet of contemporaneity and looking at one of the most classic themes – a landscape, I attempt to present the very common in the digital age craving for relaxation in an idyllic environment.
Ewa Doroszenko is a Warsaw-based visual artist. She received a doctorate in fine arts from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Her artistic practice is characterized by an unconventional use of digital manipulation, together with the classic photographic medium and traditional painting. Doroszenko is a winner of many international competitions, including the Fait Gallery Preview Competition, Young Lynxes – Contemporary Lynx, DEBUTS – doc! photo magazine, Debut – Lithuanian Photographers Association. She is a beneficiary of various residency programs, including Petrohradska Kolektiv in Prague, Klaipeda Culture Communication Center, Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz, Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik, AAVC Hangar in Barcelona. Doroszenko’s work has been exhibited widely in galleries and at art festivals, among others: Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń, Historic Centre of Athens, Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw, Museum of Angra do Heroismo on the Azores, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, Fait Gallery in Brno, Vilnius Photography Gallery, Exgirlfriend Gallery in Berlin. Her works have been published by the likes of NEO2, The Forumist, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Calvert Journal, Daily Serving, Metal Magazine, Contemporary Lynx, YET magazine, CLOT Magazine.