Hybrid art of Panopticon makes people argue about tastes

The exhibition of hybrid art called “Panopticon” opened on Saturday, September 26th , in the Palace of Culture of Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

It will last until October 23 with welcome days on weekends and excursions on Wednesdays at 14:00. I strongly recommend that you visit it and here is why…

The “Panopticon” project definitely belongs to the tech art category, but at the same time it seems to be quite existential, and deeply intimate. And this mix makes the exhibition really impressive and untypical. One friend of mine, who already visited the exhibition said something like “Goddamn, why so depressing?”. And I was sincerely surprised with this review, because to me – the opposite – it seems pretty inspiring and kinda brain challenging.

Another friend of mine refused the invitation to the exhibition because according to his view all contemporary art is bullshit. “It’s made with only the aim of shocking the audience and building the gap between the ‘Artist’ and ‘ordinary people’”, he said. There is no sense behind all the art created nowadays, he believes.

Well, this is more proof that there is no “right” or “wrong” impression of art, but at the same time I do believe that everything we feel or think about a piece of art mainly appeals to ourselves and tells nothing about the artwork itself. Obviously, any masterpiece could become whatever you think it is and whatever the random viewer wants it to be, but still there would always be it’s creation story and an original author’s legend.

Well, in the previous announcement I already introduced the idea of the “Panopticon” project. What is in common between arts and sciences? What role can artists play in scientific and technical research that so fatefully affects the life and development of a modern society? How does a modern artist see themselves while asking themselves the same question that each of us ask: “Who am I in this booming world and what is my mission?”

Artists who participated in the “Panopticon” project tried to answer these questions using unusual visual and plastic tools.

For example, here is the artwork of German sculptor-bio futurist Aljoscha, made of silicone and aluminum. This object traveled from India by ferry, by fishing boat, by ground transport, swam at the beach, revealing its shape like a creature, like a biological being.

"Object 170" by Aljoscha
“Object 170” by Aljoscha

Some people think that it’s crazy when an artist sees and represents his artworks as living creatures, not just an objects. But that is exactly how I feel about my work”, – Aljoscha said to a curious visitor.

The artist-inventor Sergei Katran presented objects, which explore the transformation of time. This one called “Wheel of Time” became a kind of symbol of the “Panopticon”.

"Wheel of Time" by Sergey Katran
“Wheel of Time” by Sergey Katran
"Gravitational Time Compactor" by Sergey Katran
“Gravitational Time Compactor” by Sergey Katran

Here is a new piece of artwork by Dmitry Kawarga – sculpture made of polymers, 3x5metres size, created especially for “Panopticon”. According to the artist’s comment, this work, called “The energy of deadlock,” is quite intimate and applies to birth injuries.

“The energy of deadlock" by Dmitry Kawarga
“The energy of deadlock” by Dmitry Kawarga

The Swedish artist Ekaterina Sisfontes who investigates in her work the motion in space-time, showcased the object called “Second”. With this work the author kinda stated: “the perception of everyday movements cease to hold the brain, once we have mastered their mechanism. Only newborns are able to pay attention to the process of moving in the subspace of the endless seconds of learning.”

"Second" by Ekaterina Sisfontes
“Second” by Ekaterina Sisfontes
"Second" by Ekaterina Sisfontes
“Second” by Ekaterina Sisfontes

Famous Russian representative of contemporary art Vladimir Potapov, who explores new technologies in art, introduced his multi-dimensional works. They are portraits of people lost in the transition from one time-space to another. Do you see the red stuff on this one? – Potapov used some blood to make it. Noone knows whose blood. Lol 🙂

Multy-dimensional art by Vladimir Potapov
Multy-dimensional art by Vladimir Potapov
"Duel" by Vladimir Potapov
“Duel” by Vladimir Potapov

Sculptor Dmitry Zhukov, known for his fundamental metallic objects in the technique of forging, put a series of works called “Russian lace”. “That’s how the skeleton of the human soul looks”, – he said.

"Russian lace" by Dmitry Zhukov
“Russian lace” by Dmitry Zhukov

Art-researcher Denis Patrakeev presented his author’s study “12 + 1”, dedicated to the issues of the categories of the present.

"12+1" by Denis Patrakeev
“12+1” by Denis Patrakeev


Marina Ragozina has introduced a futuristic look at the “golden fund” of classical art through the prism of censorship and total observation. These portraits were created with the help of optical technology.

by Marina Ragozina
by Marina Ragozina

Multidisciplinary artist Igor Baskin presented performance “The Wall“, dedicated to the existential, philosophical, psychological, social aspects of the human being and thinking related to overcoming the information barriers.




Aljona Shapovalova, who became the inspirer and – later – the curator of the “Panopticon”, presented some of her paintings, which examine the impact of stereotypes on issues of human identity.

"Ten days" by Aljona Shapovalova
“Ten days” by Aljona Shapovalova

“Panopticon” is the special project of 6th Moscow biennale of contemporary art. You can check out the other exhibitions of Moscow biennale here.

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