Käesoleva nädala kolmapäeval, 19.03.2014.a algusega kell 16.00 toimub Disaini- ja arhitektuurigaleriis (Pärnu mnt 6) kunsti ja disaini eriala doktorant Varvara Guljajeva doktoritöö “Unaware Participation in Art” juurde kuuluva installatsiooni “Reisiv kala” (“A Travelling Fish”) eelretsenseerimine. 


Väitekirja juhendaja on prof dr Raivo Kelomees.
Näituse eelretsensendid on dr Heie Treier ja Veronika Valk 
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A Traveling Fish 

Art Installation 

Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet

Description and Concept

What if a fish could surf the Internet? What if a fish could travel through a city?

Taking into account the digital age paradigm that allows us to travel the world without leaving our living room or an office, we aim to allow a fish to do the same: to travel through various cities without leaving its aquarium. Hence, the audience are confronted with the familiar Google street view but from the perspective of fish and its navigation will. It means the center of artwork’s interaction is a fish and not a spectator. Instead the audience are invited to follow the immersive journey of a fish.

Moreover, since a fish lives in water, all the street views will be under the water. Hence, the audience will be able to discover familiar or discover new places but under the water and from the perspective and a will of a fish.

The idea is to make use of fishes’ traveling nature and twist it in the sense of digital age. Continuing with the point of information era, we are relating to the ideas of Marc Auge, who argues about excess of space, time, and ego nowadays. The artwork aims to demonstrate that even a fish is able to travel and be present in number of places. Thus, it will excess its ego, space and time similarly to people.

In addition to that, it is curious to relate to the famous quote and cartoon by Peter Steiner: on the internet, nobody knows you are a dog. Only in our case everyone will know that it is a fish, who is on internet and on Google street view. 

Regarding my research topic, which is unaware participation, through this installation I aim to explore how the day-to-day behavior of a fish could be applied for artistic purposes. Of course, whether a fish is aware or not of its role in the artwork is arguable.


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