Viktor Timofeev

Introducing the Vaporents exhibition with a mix for aqnb

30 June 2016

“The transversal experience of negotiating the dynamic gamespaces of post-digital culture demands a user-erotics of speculation, simulation, puzzle-solving, ceaseless intuition of occult algorithms…” Accordingly, the Vaporents exhibition, running from June 25 until July 3 at Glasgow’s VoidoidARCHIVE, presents new commissions by HKE, Rosen, Viktor Timofeev, and video game designer Porpentine Charity Heartscape, navigating “the mannerisms of intimacy that bind and connect us, to the subsequent capacity to dream, design, and enter into projects of collective rationality through digitally altered states.”

Curated by Dane Sutherland, the exhibition is described as “a multi-reality biome; a post-digital swampscape of bacterial gameworlds, ambient trans-architectures, genetic dreampunk fictions, labyrinthine nanobot industrial-complexes, dirty wifi, and interfaces-interfaces-interfaces-interfaces…”. A press release begins with the question: “A dank enlightenment is gaming your bones. What do you do?” The inquiry resembles the beginning of Rosen’s PORTALS project, a transmedia narrative that zigzags between game and literature —the latest instalment of which constitutes part of Vaporents itself.

Here, however, inquisition extends equally over the “dream-music of HKE, the crypto-logics and nanobot anxieties of Viktor Timofeev’s complex gameworlds… and Porpentine Charity Heartscape’s negotiation of private space and intimate encounters revised by liquid-wifi connectivity and internet lossiness”. Collectively, Vaporents deals with “the pathogenic inter-evolution of post-human experience and multi-reality network environments”, exploring the “speculative navigational resources required of digital natives immersed in the hyper contextual virtualities of a post-continuous present”.

In an exclusive mix for aqnb, Sutherland offers a glimpse at “tempestuous techno-environmental conditions and moist media ecologies”, re-oriented and re-calibrated, featuring tracks by Timofeev, Rosen and HKE, alongside associated artists such as Recsund, Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum, チェスマスター, Windows 98の, Cru Servers, Black Zone Myth Chant and DJ Yo-Yo Dieting.**


Viktor Timofeev – Pan Humanna / Nick Land – Meltdown
E▲ ▓F D▓G§ – Imagine Cerberus as a Giant Mermaid
Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum – Dropcrotch Causality
Magic Fades & Soul Ipsum – Circadian Riddim
Black Zone Myth Chant – My Glory Will Be to Sing Eternal Law
DJ Yo-Yo Dieting – Dormant Mirrors II
Arca – Anaesthetic
recsund – STING GOOSE
Rosen – P_OST_Mem
チェスマスター – デメテル
Windows 98の – スレノディ 建物が落ちる
HKE – Spiral **

The Vaporents group exhibition is on at Glasgow’s VoidoidARCHIVE, running June 25 to July 3, 2016.

Header image: Viktor Timofeev, SAZARUS II (2016). Performance view. Photo by Dane Sutherland. Courtesy the artist.

Joey Holder + Viktor Timofeev, Lament of Ur (2015) exhibition photos

14 June 2016

Karst, a contemporary art space in Plymouth, presented a two-person exhibition featuring works by Joey Holder and Viktor Timofeev titled Lament of Ur, which ran from November 18 until December 12, 2015. The two separate practices came together to create a dystopian environment that transforms the white-cube space into a dark organism that caves in on itself. Combining sculpture, prints, video, a mural painting and other appropriations like computer games and industrial fencing, the space becomes an urban territory that meditates on themes of the post-human, entrapment and conspiracy.

Without drawing attention to the artists’ individual practices, the show favours the synergy that happens through collaboration, welcoming a cross-contamination of authorship. The press release focuses on this aspect of the show:

“The complexity of their differences called to question the current assumption that they evolved from a similar point of origin. There was suspicion that something else was at work, which involved a highly specialized and self-assembled alchemy.”

Timofeev’s practice is invested in utopia/dystopia fictional worlds and the blueprints that create them, and Holder explores the natural and biological within digital fields.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

Joey Holder + Viktor Timofeev’s LAMENT OF UR was on at Plymouth’s Karst, running November 13 to December 12, 2015.

Header image: Joey Holder + Viktor Timofeev, ‘Lament of Ur’ (2015). Installation view. Courtesy of Karst Contemporary, Plymouth.




Viktor Timofeev @ Jupiter Woods, May 7- 28

5 May 2016

Viktor Timofeev is presenting SAZARUS I, a solo exhibition at Vienna’s Jupiter Woods, opening May 7 and running to May 28.

The exhibition will be the third at the Austrian-based extension of the artist-run space, first founded in London, and it will comprise two distinct components. In the main gallery space will be Timofeev’s site-specific installation, which —like his earlier Proxyah series of exhibitions —will most likely evolve into different iterations in the future.

Timofeev’s practice spans across vinyls, zines, cassettes, self-published graphic books and has contributed to publications like The Limited Collection and B-Pigs BerlinHe is also currently showing work in the Jupiter Woods-organised Longshore Drift group exhibition in Helsinki that looks at geological processes and sediment transportation, project as a bridge.

In addition to Timofeev’s solo show there will also be a film installation featuring a collaborative video work by Georgie Nettell and Morag Keil showing called ‘The Facism of Everyday Life’.

See the FB event for details. **

Viktor Timofeev, Proxyah v2 (2015) @ Jupiter Woods. Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist.
Viktor Timofeev, Proxyah v2 (2015) @ Jupiter Woods. Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist.

Plural Melts @ Yvonne Lambert, Feb 20 – Mar 5

22 February 2016

The Plural Melts – Dunmore Caves group exhibition is on at Berlin’s Yvonne Lambert, opening February 20 and running March 5.

Organised to run at the gallery throughout 2016, Plural Melts is an intermittent programme of events and performances arranged by artists Zuzanna Ratajczyk and Eoghan Ryan. Dunmore Caves features works by Stephan Backes, Jassem Hindi, Clemence de La Tour du Pin, Andrzej Ratajczyk, Antoine Renard, Daniel Shanken, Andrew Munks & Richard Sides and Viktor Timofeev. 

There is limited information given with Dunmore Caves, apart from a poster that the gallery have posted in the Facebook event, which outlines a conversation between Darth Vader and a canteen worker -as imagined in Eddie Izzard’s mind.

On February 20 at the opening event, Backes and Timofeev performed in the space and this coming Saturday 27, Hindi and Shanken will perform. It will be interesting to see how these artists, not all of whom necessarily have performance-based practices, will be brought together in live pairings and moments across the event.

See the Yvonne Lambert event page for (limited) details**

Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Pureness, performance still (2015). Courtesy Import Projects and the artist
Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Pureness, performance still (2015). Courtesy Import Projects and the artist.

Joey Holder + Viktor Timofeev @ Karst, Nov 13 – Dec 12

12 November 2015

Joey Holder and Viktor Timofeev are showing a collaborative exhibition, LAMENT OF UR, at Plymouth’s Karst Gallery, opening on November 13 and running from November 18, running to December 12.

Questioning the scientific assumptions of our individual and collective beginnings, the duo suggest that there is “no linear travel through space around the surface of a planet”.

Through a range of media this exhibition asks what past and what futures (what timescales) are possible if we question any singular point of origin.

See the FB event page for details.**

2​nd Skin (2015) exhibition photos

13 October 2015

“They said we’d perfected a second skin”, reads the press release written by Dylan Aiello for Emmy Skensved and Grégoire Blunt‘s 2nd Skin exhibition, which ran between June 25 to July 5 at 8eleven in Toronto. Aeillo writes as though taking a shower with a second skin. The steam and the water “bead off”‘ the “‘epidermal envelope” –it is self-cleaning: “self-regenerating” instead. The end of the words comes with a heavenly moment – thoughts in the shower –when the person with the second skin says they ‘never, ever’ expected to react so well to the anti-rejection drugs. Ahh.

The whole room is bright white, its atmosphere “2.22 μg/m³ nicotine and 0.71 μg/m³ caffeine”.

Skvensed and Blunt presented a digital animation work called ‘eStamina’ (2015), related to the February exhibition of the same name, and surrounded by the aforementioned caffeine-infused fog and nicotine. You can barely make people out in the space from 8eleven’s Facebook photos, sat within the atmosphere: a mix that straight away floats into your head as something intensely addictive, although nicotine does also come in antidote form. The video is comprised of different chapters –like “Chapter Y: YAG LASER”–that go with subtitled texts from several writers and artists such as Bixy KnocksAntoine Renard, Emma Siemens-Adolphe and Viktor Timofeev. One moment Knocks’ text describes, “a distant call to revert to a far earlier reptoid state”. The second skin is the skin we have now, and there is no antidote.

French artist, Clemence de La Tour du Pin made a new fragrance of rubber, metal and Red Bull (‘Untitled’, 2015). The little vials were held onto the walls and windows with see-through bath/shower rubber suckers. Visualise->Actualise made a work called ‘2nd Skin eBook’ (2015), a series of silicone and USB packaging pieces that line up along the wall, all their insides vacuum-packed up against their outside. **

Exhibition photos, top right.

Emmy Skensved and Grégoire Blunt’s2​nd Skin exhibition was on at Toronto’s 8eleven gallery, from June 25 to July 5, 2015.

Header: Clémence de La Tour du Pin, ‘Untitled (Redbull, metal, rubber)’ (2015). Install view. Courtesy 8eleven, Toronto.