Light Art
Nata Khokhonova

Who else
Luminous box, blurring the boundaries between the real and the unreal. It happens when a person goes inside. Those located outside can observe how the person dissolves in the video and becomes part of the projection, which is broadcast on two screens at once - the translucent screens have no rigid boundaries.

Passing through the box, the person is caught between the two video streams, gets fully immersed in the world of moving planar objects and shadows, and becomes part of it. The inner and the outer worlds, the real and the unreal, flat and dimensional - as in life, all boundaries are relative and translucent.

Video installation was made during light art festival UNDARK16
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Random Music
Video documentation of performance art

Everyone builds one's picture of the world by combining the reflected fragments of reality. The picture is mobile, subjective and often accidental. Although it is customary to believe that we objectively perceive the objectively existing reality. The boundaries of the objective and accidental is the subject of the study in the RANDOM MUSIC performance. With the help of mirror surfaces, viewers were able to "catch" live video images projected on the stationary mirrors located on the ground, and to send the "caught" the fragments on the wall opposite the house where everyone could watch their own unique video projection. Performance took place in the courtyard of the Composers Union during the festival of light art UNDARK15. The video shows a rehearsal of the Composers Union orchestra.

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Looking Through
Typically, the advertising light boxes, filling the streets look like windows into the world of simple and affordable material pleasures. By putting in one of such light boxes, in place of the usual advertisement, the daytime photos of the part of the space, located directly behind it, we turn it into a magical glowing box of "processing" glass, through which we "see" the day image of this part of space in the dark. This can be seen as the futuristic "Victory over the Sun" - illogical situation, it would seem, - a fragment of the daylight space in the absence of the sun - creates new spatial, temporal, semantic links. In addition, by placing a fragment of the surrounding space in the lightbox instead of the advertisement, we slightly reduce the informational pollution - observation of a piece of ordinary wood or a house, for example, is ever more eco-friendly than the forced study of information about reduced-price goods. As it turned out, during the day, in the dayligh, the object reads well too.

The installation was done during light art festival UNDARK2014

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The Sky
The initial idea behind the installation putting together, with the help of the illuminated municipal garbage (bottles, plastic bags, etc.), fragment of the reflection of the sky along with the constellations, on the snow - spontaneously turned into a the "Warm up a Star" performance. Chinese lighting elements did not withstand the rigors of the Ural frost and the audience began to warm them with their hands and their breat
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Summer Will be Coming Soon
The light installation was created within the project UNDARK 21.12.12 in Yekaterinburg - during the winter solstice, when the duration of the night is at its maximum and the the day is the shortest. The air temperature was near the - 22C mark.

Some of the alleged harshness and gloom, often attributed to the residents of the Urals - is largely an objective circumstance caused by not only the historical, but also climatic conditions - dark and cold season lasts here long enough. Gloom and harshness are often seen in the Ural cultural tradition (eg, Pavel Bazhov's literary heritage with its gloomy charm, or the severe Ural landscape school of 60's and -70's of the past century).

Installation is a composition of bright summer sun-dresses, within each of which a light source is nested. Sun-dresses, transformed into the likeness of lamps were placed on one of the trees in the center of Yekaterinburg, reminding of the summer, the sun and the heat, which historically and climatically a resident of the Urals lacks. Light emitted from the summer women's wear also reminded, inadvertently, of the body heat - for the people, wrapped up in clothes and hurrying through the dark and cold, it was also an encouraging factor.

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