Authors: Mariam Natroshvili, Detu Jincharadze
Photo: GiorgiDavitaia, Mariam Natroshvili, NinucaKakabadze
It’s been long time, since I do not watch news any more. Perhaps this is because they are this kind – the kind they are. Mariam Natroshvili and Detu Jincharadze proposed a combination of this news. “The News Museum” presented at Atristerium, neither more nor less is terrifying for me. It’s such unpleasant, that it was difficult for me to stay in the space. That means – the project said whatever it had to say in an absolutely adequate way. I have to admit, that I could hardly stand being there and I think that was the aim which supposed to be achieved. If so, the artwork is really successful.
“The News Museum” is an archive of stories, which had happened somewhere in the middle between our past and present. These events have already happened, but the chain reaction caused by them is strong. This is why, it’s hard to name it past. Many of them have already been forgotten, because of constantly updated news of the same content. I’ve received one and expressive answer from Mariam to all my questions.
– Why did you decide to work on this topic? What was the goal of “Museum”?
“An inspiration, so to say, for all of these were the violence, the aggression and the absurd reality, which happens around us. The most important thing for me in the artwork was the sound – reflecting the unbearable reality in which we have to exist.”
-Did you want to show the present state or was there any other aim? …
“Try to see more”
Try to see more than is shown to you, try to hear more than is listened by you, try to feel more…
The reality is abstract. The kind media presents to us, people believe in existing and fictional facts interpreted by the latter and the imaginary things become absolutely real. One follows the other and all the events which people believe in become alive. Everyone forgets, that the world acts the way you want and the way you see it. The imaginary reality gets stronger and defeats reality. The artwork is an excellent illustration of this: light – created by chaotic blinking monitors, sound – formed by mixed noise.
While leaving the exhibition, I began to doubt about my approach “not to watch news”, as this disaster and destruction can’t be ignored. I’ll try to see more.
Author: Tata Alkhazashvili