Anna Nova Gallery is pleased to present new works by Egor Kraft and Aljoscha at the international art fair
Vienna Contemporary, which will take place from 27 to 30 September in Marx Halle (Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19) in
Content Aware Studies Series (objects, video)
The project initiates an inquiry into the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence and particularly Machine
Learning to reconstruct and generate lost antique friezes and sculptures by the means of algorithmic
analysis of 3D scans of antiquity. It concerns about the potentialities of methods involving data, ML, AI
and other forms of automations turning into semi- and quasi– archeological knowledge production and
interpretations of history and culture in the era of ubiquitous computation.
An algorithm capable of self-learning is directed to replenish lost fragments of the friezes and
sculptures. Based on an analysis of models, it generates models, which are then 3D printed in various
materials and used to fill the voids of the original sculptures and their copies. The synthetic intelligence
that tends to faithfully restore original forms, also produces bizarre errors and algorithmic speculative
interpretations of, familiar to us, Hellenistic and Roman aesthetics, revealing a machinic understanding
of human antiquity.
Panspermia (objects, installation)
“Panspermia is an interesting hypothesis proposing that life on Earth didn’t begin because of evolution,
but was brought here by meteorites from space. I mean, every day hundreds and even thousands of
microorganisms from all over the universe and other galaxies fall down on Earth’s surface. I believe this
theory of the origin of life on Earth being brought from space is rather admissible, and I am studying it
now,” – comments the artist on the project.
While over 2,5 thousand years have passed since this hypothesis appeared, today it is still of vital interest
with reference to exobiological and xenobiological surveys. Aljoscha’s exhibition is focused on their influence
on the visual aspect, and, by the way, the artist indirectly touches on the issue of human happiness, which is a
sine qua non of his every presentation. ‘Bioism,’ which Aljoscha develops, being at the boundary of art and
biology, is based on the concept of bioethical abolitionism, i. e., people’s conscious liberation from suffering
and achieving universal happiness.
Anna Nova Gallery was founded in 2005 in Saint-Petersburg, and nowadays it is one of the leading Russian galleries working in the field of contemporary art.
Artists represented: Maria Agureeva, Aljoscha, Stas Bags, Uldus Bakhtiosina, Alexander Dashevskiy, Marya Dmitrieva, Irina Drozd, Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov, Alice Kern, Andrey Kuzkin, Vlad Kulkov, Egor Kraft, Denis Patrakeev, Anastasia Potemkina, Igor Shuklin, Haim Sokol, Maksim Svishev, Rostan Tavasiev, David Ter-Agonyan, Ustina Yakovleva