Site-specific installation during lock down, 2020
The blue moss had crept over everything again, and it was thickest around our door. That was only natural. With Mom's hysterical fits, there was always something for it to feed on. (...) Then it was explained to me that the blue moss is a native inhabitant of the Gloom, a parasite that consumes human emotions.
Daywatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
In time of epidemic, having more time for our own, we can give in to our passions. Be it painting, knitting, decorating a balcony, planting flowers or tending to those already in our home. On the other hand - compulsive news checking, increasing degree of distrust towards government, weeks of isolation and lack of impact on reality slowly tear us apart.
At home, we're locked inside specific biosphere consisting of our feelings, information spread from social media and internet content providers.
We have witnessed important changes in the means of communication with external world. On one hand we could hide ourselves, on the other technology constantly reminds us about ongoing situation. We are in constant threat of developing mental disturbances, with forced isolation leading lots of people to emotional solitude. Even in the world full of instant, web communication, humans still display fragility and emotional need to connect with living organisms.
Concept explores the feeling of anxiety - contagion of uncontrolled fear, invisible doubt, as well as our adaptation to this new world.
A site-specific series of installations, placed in a living area, personifies those emotions. Despite the close shut doors and windows, they creep into our homes and spill into our interiors. Mutated, organic forms refer to biologic objects from the verge of fauna and flora. Feeding of our paranoia and mutual mistrust, they inflame it ever more, spreading it to our close ones.
Those entities develop self-propagating properties, overgrowing our homes, like vines entwining a building. Our houses become thriving hybrid organisms, habitats of these invisible angsts, processes of growth and rise fertilised by global warming, political crisis, degeneration of society and human rights.
So brutal a change of surrounding environment causes a strong adaptive reaction in humans inhabiting it.