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room (colaborative)

VR_istaba

VR instalation made for "I-week" new media art festival 2017 in Liepaja, Latvia together with:

Gustavs Lociks
Beate Poikāne
Annija Drungila

lost in google translation

The art work is an analysis of the translation process of a fragment of “De Anima” a work by Aristotle from the original in ancient Greek (Greek) to the modern english translation using “google translate”. The final result is a hypothesis of what could be the direct translation from ancient Greek (Greek) to English if the original text still existed. After the Hellenic period in ancient Greece (4th-1st century BC) the original text came into Syrian possession, where it was translated into Syriac - ancient Syrian. After the Arabic conquests in Syria (7th century AD), they were translated to Arabic. During the Crusades (11th century AD) Arabic translations appeared in Spain with the help of moors. There they were translated in Latin which later on strongly influenced the renaissance. Mostly all the modern English translations of “De Anima” are based on Latin translations. This brings doubt of the proficiency of these translations. The audio part of this art work is also a hypothesis - that by transmitting verbally the final translation in English (translated in Latvian) from one person to the other, the irrational sentence would become rational. “Lost in google translation” not only questions modern technology’s capability to perform complicated intellectual work, but also the proficiency of information that has been transmitted throughout different ages and cultures. The art work questions objectivity in its self as well - by undertaking each individuals different perception it becomes only an abstract concept. Also the missing translation from ancient Greek (Greek) to Syriac and then to Arabic leaves an open question whether this missing link would help to improve the translation? It speaks of the undeniable Middle East influence on classical European cultural values.

Exhibited in Liepaja, Latvia in 2017.

roots and apexes (colaborative)

rootsandapexes

A performance art project called “PPP”. It focuses on three different Latvian artists of the late 19th and the early and late 20th century – Vilhelms Purvītis, Kārlis Padegs, Jānis Pauļuks. The performance is a modern depiction of the personalities of these artists.

Presented during the opening ceremony of “Roots and apexes” exhibition which took place in “Rīgas Mākslas telpa” gallery on the 27th of February 2017. The project was created collaborating with Māras Muižnieces Riga art school, as the exhibited works were made by some of the graduates of the school. Exhibition’s main theme was to explore the roots of Latvian art and to acknowledge it’s impact on the present state of Latvian art scene.

Participants:
Kristaps Feldmanis
Valters Liberts Muzikants
Viktorija Vlazņeva

Director, audio design, video author:
Andrejs Poikāns

Author of the idea:
Vilnis Henrihsons

Video:
https://youtu.be/jrTNyjJ373A