Hanami (AV installation)

collaboration with Polina Aleschenko (sound)

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date of creation:
may 2020

Omega Cinema Center, Yekaterinburg, 2021;
Gallery “Artservatory”, Habarovsk, 2021;
Grand final ceremony “Archipelag 20.35”, Moscow, 2020;
Gallery “ArtEtaz”, Vladivostok, 2020;

In Asian countries, cherry blossoms has an important role in traditional culture. The symbolism of this phenomenon is mostly relevant in Japan, where the transience flow of life is associated with the Hanami tradition (contemplation of sakura blossoms). 

The “finiteness” of beauty, its inevitable death, on the one hand reminds us of the human life limits, and on the other hand, induces us to humbly reside our personal experience, focusing on opportunities to see the beauty. 

The Russian Far East locates at the crossroads of cultures, where are flora and fauna reflect to many countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, the spread of biological forms carries out the transfer of cultural perception and the need to rethink its phenomena. Hanami project is an aesthetic interpretation of the sakura meditation, within the problems of temporality in ethnic cultures through digital methods. The project uses neural networks with dataset of sakura flowers from Russky Island, traditional Japanese hokku reproduced by the Goolge translator for subsequent translation of the neural network into a new sound maintaining the rhythm of intonations. The project focuses on the value of biodiversity in local cultures and their symbolic interpolation in other countries and regions.

This is an extended version, which performed specially for expositions.
Please take a look at original version “Hanami” wish was produced on “Neural Network: project” intensive at “–Da.Digital art”
Master Program FEFU with tutors Helena Nikonole & Artem Konevskikh.

Last update 06 May 2021