Manifesto by Dmitry Kawarga
MANIFESTO by Dmitry Kawarga – Radical of Biological Morphs
naming myself a biomorph radical I have delineated an imaginary circle
of my creative endeavours and distanced myself from any mainstream art.
like to see myself as an experimental research scientist immersed into
my own experience, as a biological instrument of art capable of bringing
into life unseen psycho-physiological mechanisms, by ‘dragging’ their
three-dimensional projections into reality.
The object of my
study is the area accessible to tuning – consciousness, perception,
thinking process as well as the psycho-physiological arrangement of
other beings, including inanimate objects. I have had special, ‘intimate
and warm’, relationship with art since I was a child. Each new artwork
gradually changes my perception of reality and alters my reaction to
life. These changes, in their turn, transform my priorities in art. I am
curious where this chain of interrelationship will eventually lead me…
to 1999 I mostly painted, but my paintings were getting more textured,
as if they were inflated and swollen, as if the surface of the painting
ceased to be flat and developed reliefs. While a part of the surface
remained to be flat, the other – the textured and raised one - strove to
break free by turning into a three-dimensional sculpture. The moment it
happened with the painting, my own imaginary obstacle was swept away. I
realized that in the same way I could ‘drag out’ into three-dimensional
world not only the images and symbols of visible material world while
staying within the traditional framework of visual art, but also what
lies at the very source of it, what causes it – materialized fragments
of abstract thought forms, stream of consciousness, thinking process,
fragments of perception, reflexes, Gestalt. And these would not
necessarily be sculptures and installations, but peculiar artefacts
extracted through immersion into consciousness and subconscious. My
works are a synthesis of art and science and presuppose a bio-reversible
contact with the beholder, they emit noises of various frequencies,
tremble and react to the human touch and the rhythm of the blood flow.
new series of interactive sculptures is titled ‘Unfulfilled intentions’
and includes amorphous and intentionally uncompleted structures
containing robots inside them. They react to the touch of the beholder’s
palm, to his/her voice, breathing and pulse by shuddering, moving,
pulsing and humming as if being impregnated by each human contact, as if
accumulating information from human bodies. Thus my creations are
inexhaustible and ever changing, they absorb the energy, thoughts and
rhythms of human contact.
The central part of the installation is
equipped with a special device that transforms low audio frequencies
into vibrations of various amplitudes causing resonant vibrations of the
whole installation. It turned out that I exposed my biological
structure by dragging it with hooks and chains and than animated it...
All other sculptures sneaked upon by thin filaments of a vibrating and
animated construction also represent certain materialized metaphysical
processes, part of my own psycho physiological reactions.
installation is an attempt to make communication links material. Not the
global common links where all of us are interwoven and built into, but
the model of it that is crystallized inside each of us. I tried to
realize and examine the „structure“ that allows me to be tuned into
society and be adequate to its demands.
If one comes to think
about it, one can talk about self-determination of a human being in
space and about the sprawl of information links. With the increased
transparency and penetrability of our world, the aura distances contract
as well since the compression of the living space is directly related
to the increased speed of traveling between places. Paul Virilio said
that in epoch of globalization with its increasing pressure of world
time, the risk of an event disappearance becomes the very essence of our
When habitual models of world order are being split
up, our individual consciousness changes too. A human being in a
globalized world is next to impossible to be conceived as an independent
and key figure of the universe. He/she is more likely to be perceived
as a part of media field which is a cellular structure with no centre
and boundaries being constantly compressed socially, politically,
financially and, what is most important, in terms of information, while
an individual escape from it seems to be not feasible.
action of an individual has repercussions along the chain, though this
chain is already under a permanent pressure that causes shock reactions.
This pressure has a global character as if it is inherent in all ties,
structures and human connections.
An individual turns into a minute biological element – a tiny brick or a molecule in superhuman social mechanisms...