AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art is a platform for creation, research, production and presentation of new forms of art, intermedial and interdisciplinary projects, artworks, music, films and large-scale installations, founded and directed by the artists duo AROTIN & SERGHEI.
The creations and projects are produced, realized and presented in partnership and with leading art institutions, e.g. Fondation Beyeler Basel, Klangforum Wien, La Biennale di Venezia, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Artcurial Auction House, Ars Electronica, Ircam – Centre Pompidou Paris, as well as presented in prestigious Galleries, Art Spaces and Festivals in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna including TEFAF Maastricht, Ars Electronica, Espace Muraille Contemporary Art Geneva, W&K Gallery Vienna-New York. The growing network of partnerships includes many public and private collections and patrons.
Several of the interdisciplinary creations were realized in cooperation with inventors, engineers and developers of avant-guarde techniques, such as Alma, Active Image, Ars Electronica Future Lab, Dominique Renaud, Co-Mining, Solar Impulse, as well as with outstanding contemporary composers and musicians. As European artists representants AROTIN & SERGHEI participated at the conference The State of Fine Art in European Parliament.
art & innovation
AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art curates exhibitions, organizes conferences e.g. “Free Space” (Luxemburg University), “Art & Innovation- transformation and innnovation of signs, form and content in art” (W&K Palais Vienna). Regularly live-presentations, seminaries and events are organized in the presentation place, situated right on Alexanderplatz in Berlin. https://arotinserghei.com/events/
Infinite Screen is the title of the opus magnum. It explores the idea of The Infinite which is suggested beyond the visible surface of “Everything We See…” – a fundamental questioning of “Truth-Possibilities” (Wittgenstein philosophy). This “infinite” artwork – in endless progression and metamorphosis that englobes many independent singular artworks, cycles of “Portraits of Light Cells“, intermedial paintings, drawings, editions, up to installations, sculptures, digital compositions, sound artworks and large-scale installations with projections… Measure and appearance change with the philosophical and architectural context.
“Infinite Screen” is realized and produced by AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art with commissions by Klangforum Wien / Biennale di Venezia, Ars Electronica, Fondation Beyeler, Artcurial, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Arts festival Vernon-Giverny, a.o., as well as with support by Espace Muraille, Belfry, and many private patrons and collectors.
Talk with AROTIN & SERGHEI – film by Nikolai Saoulski for Kira A Princess of Prussia Foundation 2020
AROTIN & SERGHEI selected installation views – with Klangforum Wien, at Wiener Konzerthaus, Biennale di Venezia, Ars Electronica, Gujral Foundation and Kunsthistorisches Museum. AROTIN & SERGHEI Archive 2017
AROTIN & SERGHEI
the artists duo
AROTIN — artist, curator, composer and director, born in Vienna, grew up between Vienna and Paris. From the age of 4, piano studies and appearences on the stages: Burgtheatre Vienna, and with Sängerknaben Boys Choir at TV shows, Staatsoper Vienna and in Japan. studies: University of Music Vienna, Piano / Composition / Music Theory / Orchestra Direction. Centre Acanthes Avignon France, Composition masterclass with Luigi Nono. Piccolo Teatro Milano, internship in directing with Giorgio Strehler. University of Applied Arts Vienna, Masterclass for Film and Theatre Direction with Axel Manthey and Klaus Zehelein, Oswald Oberhuber, guest teachers, Robert Wilson, Werner Schwab, Hermann Beil; Costumes Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Frida Parmeggiani; Architecture Wolf Prix; Light Design, Video, Art History, Philosophy. Diploma / Master about Samuel Beckett. Special musical research and studies of Wagner and Scriabin. First realisations at the Salzburg Festival in Hellbrunn Castle, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Wiener Festwochen, and the kinetic installation “Happy Day Balance”, for the inauguration of Richard Meier’s Stadthaus Ulm Art Center, the starting point of his collaboration with SERGHEI.
SERGHEI — artist, curator and director, born in Chisinau, USSR, grew up in St Petersbourg and Moscow, started at the age of 5 with Ballet, Music & Theatre (Music and Ballet School Chisinau, Moldavia). studies: History of languages & Philosophy Chisinau University, Journalism. Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, French. Vienna University, Art History. University of Montpellier Art History and Archology. First works at Institute for Fashion and Design, as well as curator for the Cultural exchange programms at the City Hall Chisinau, and for Melodia disc label Moscow, TV Ostankino, Moscow.
AROTIN & SERGHEI are realizing their projects in their project space in Berlin-Alexanderplatz and in a changing architectural context, in collaboration with leading Art Galleries, Museums and Art Institutions and Art Spaces in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland.
MAIN PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
Galerie Hervé van der Straeten, Paris 2020 – Shadows of Ideas
Museum of the Future / Ars Electronica Centre, Festival Ars Electronica 2019 – Infinite Light Column
The Museum’s Main Hall September – October 2019
Art Festival Vernon-Giverny 2019 – Impressions / Dialogues avec Monet – installation / composition / exhibition. Vernon Cathedral and Town Hall, July – October 2019
Kunsthalle Wien – Infinite Light Column – exhibition with Yury Revich – Vienna 2019
PAD / Art Geneva 2019 – exhibition with Hervé van der Straeten
Guerlain / parcours privé de la FIAC – Infinite Time Machine – Paris 2018
Palais Rasumofsky / Vienna Contemporary special solo exhibition – AROTIN & SERGHEI Vienna 2018
W & K Gallery Vienna-New York – 25 years W & K – group exhibition with works by Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Arotin & Serghei a.o., Vienna 2018
Hofburg Vienna 2018 – Metamorphosis sound installation, Yury Revich Friday Nights
Berlin Friedrichstrasse – public space – Metamorphosis sound installation, group exhibition curated by Kira Marina von Bismarck 2018
W & K Palais – Metamorphosis Cycle – curated by AROTIN & SERGHEI, 6 parts presentations, artworks, concerts and talks with participation of Kira-Marina von Bismarck, Jean Van der Stegen; Michael Wendeberg, Martin Guesnet; Dominique Renaud, Luiggino Torrigiani; Henning Lohner; Bertrand Du Vignaud, Yury Revich; Mikhail Rudy. cooperation with Belfry , Bösendorfer, Active Image. AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art, Vienna 2018
W & K Palais – Wienerroither & Kohlbacher – Palais Schönborn-Batthyany Metamorphosis – solo exhibition, Vienna 2018
Espace Muraille Gallery Geneva 2017 – Infinite Time Machine – installation for 6 screens, cooperation with Dominique Renaud, Active Image, support by Belfry Group
Festival Ars Electronica Gallery Spaces 2017 – Logical Structure of Colour – intermedial painting, AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art in cooperation with W&K – Wienerroither Kohlbacher Gallery Vienna and Active Image.
Gstaad 2017 / Chalet Farb – solo exhibition and installation with Mikhail Rudy
Fondation Beyeler Basel 2016 Prometheus / White Point – installation & performance of Scriabin’s Prometheus with Mikhail Rudy & Ian Pace, commission for the exhibition Kandinsky, Marc, Der Blaue Reiter
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 2016 Infinite Screen / The Babel Tower – 1200m2 video and sound installation; 125 years Kunsthistorisches Museum cooperation with Ars Electronica, Museum in Progress, Artcurial, Espace Muraille, Belfry Group, Rezac Projection
Artcurial Vienna 2016 – Light Cells – solo exhibition
Festival Ars Electronica 2016 – Vers La Flamme / Radical Atoms – 5 electronic preludes for Scriabin’s last preludes and 72m live video installation with Mikhail Rudy, piano; The Alchemists of Our Time
Espace Muraille Gallery Geneva 2016 – Light Impulse – solo exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia 2015 Arsenale / Teatro Alle Tese – Infinite Screen / Mantegna – installation with Klangforum Wien, music by Aureliano Cattaneo, poems by Edoardo Sanguineti
La Biennale di Venezia 2015 / official collateral event, Gujral Foundation, cooperation with Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Fondazione Mazzotta, Palazzo Benzon Venice – Faces / Exampaeos – installation on circular modules – exhibition “My East Is Your West”
Festival Ars Electronica 2015 / Deep Space 8K media collection – White Point – subliminal installation video and sound for wall and floor, support by Bildrecht
Festival Ars Electronica 2014 Brucknerhaus Linz, Brucknerorchester – Infinite Screen / Everything We See Could Also Be Otherwise (Wittgenstein) – installation with sound, solo exhibition of intermedial painting cycles, projection on modules
Konzerthaus Wien 2013 – Infinite Screen / Mantegna – installation and real time animation with Klangforum Wien, music by Aureliano Cattaneo, poems by Edoardo Sanguineti
Bildraum Vienna 2013 – Free Cells – solo exhibition, intermedial paintings cycles
Galerie Guegan Paris 2012 – Pink Sound – solo exhibition in occasion of FIAC 2012
Galerie Flore Bruxelles 2012 – Crazy Cells – exhibition in occasion of Design September
Galerie Flore Bruxelles 2012 – AROTIN & SERGHEI duo exhibition with Nancy Coste in occasion of Art Brussels
TEFAF Maastricht Art Fair 2012 / Galerie Flore Mute Space / Blacklight
Luxemburg University 2010–11 – Free Space – research project, seminary
Musée Royaux des Arts et de l’Histoire Bruxelles 2007–10 – 3 shortfilms (Paper worlds, Medici, Fortuny, Diaghilev), in cooperation with Isabelle de Borchgrave,
Pavlovsk Palace, St. Petersburg 2006–09 shortfilms screenings
Ircam – Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2006–09 – Bing – work in progress in homage to Beckett, with Olga Neuwirth, Dmitri Kourliandski, Marino Formenti, Lisi Estaras
White Loft / Arotin Art Atelier Berlin 2005 – 2012 exhibitions & project presentations Fusion Paintings, Dostoievsky’s Double, Infinito Nero with music by Sciarrino, Mirlitonnades by Beckett (video installation with Martin Heesch), Speaking Head (work in progress, installation, video and sound, text: Beckett’s Happy Days, with Veronika Novag-Jones and Sirone), Non Lieu / Manipulated Space, a.o.
Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2005, Intermedial installation, 8 x 8 m, with performance Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett by Alexander Arotin, multimedia programming by Mariapaz Montecinos, music by Olga Neuwirth
Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona 2003 – Traces – Intermedial installation, subliminal video & projected drawings, cooperation with Mariapaz Montecinos and Frank Kalero Ojodepez 01
Museumsquartier Wien 2001 – Underground – Site specific installation for the inauguration ceremony of the museum compound
Galleria Contemporanea, Milan 2001 – Microcosmos – Installation and performance, visual score for live painting, music by Bela Bartok, with Gabriele Amadori
Ruhrtriennale Germany 2001 – Long Rain Box – Installation project, scenic score with The Long Rain / Construction In Space, music by Olga Neuwirth, commissioned by Ruhrtriennale 2001
Fondazione Mazzotta Milan 2001 – Composition VII – installation and modules for the exhibition “Wassily Kandinsky – Tradizione e astrazione in Russia 1896 – 1921” in cooperation with Gabriele Amadori
Moldavian State Opera, Chisinau 1995 – Requiem Per Il Teatro – Installation, performance of Verdi’s Requiem, concept, visual score and direction by Alexander Arotin
Stadthaus Ulm Art Centre (Germany) & MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna 1994 – The Happy Day Balance – kinetic iron installation for 2 performers 6x 6x 6m, based on “Happy Days” by Samuel Beckett
Hellbrunn Castle – Salzburg Festival 1993 – Light Space – Installation for subaquatic pontoons and 5 light scanners, and lasers with performance of “Don Perlimplin” by Federico Garcia Lorca, music Sergej Dreznin
Künstlerhaus Vienna 1991 – Light Space – installation, performance with text by Pier Paolo Pasolini, cooperation with Lena Ilgisionis
Filmstudio Dangl Vienna 1992 – 99,100,101 – installation, performance with texts by Werner Schwab
Light Piano – Vienna 1993–94 score for light, sound, construction, movement, 4 pianos, light piano installation & performance project with Scriabin’s Prometheus
Tristan Space – Vienna 1989 installation project based on Wagner’s Tristan
Don Giovanni – Vienna 1990, drawings & installation project based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Acte Sans Paroles – Vienna 1989 installation modell and performance based on “Acte Sans Paroles” by Samuel Beckett
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- Gerfried Stocker / Christine Schöpf / Hannes Leopoldseder, Radical Atoms and the alchemists of our time, Ars Electronica2019, Hatje Cantz, pp. 22, 328, 382, ISBN 978-3-7757-4193-4.
- Paula Watzl: Arotin & Serghei, Metamorphosis, Parnassart magazine, nr.1, 2018, pp. 140-141
- Flore de Brantes: Arotin & Serghei, Katalog TEFAFMaastricht 2012
- Bertrand Saint Vincent: Giverny en voit de toutes les couleurs, Le Figaro25.6.2019
- Caroline Messensee: Arotin & Serghei, Infinite Time Machine, Guerlain/ Fiac2018, pp 10, cover
- Benedikt Sarreiter: In den Schnittstellen, Arotin & Serghei, White Point,Du, Die Zeitschrift der Kultur, Nr 875, 2016 pp.75 –ISBN 978-3-90593173-0
- Paulo Baratta / Ivan Fedele: Il suono della memoria, La Biennale di Venezia2015, 59. Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea, pp. 6, 22-25
- Hannes Leopoldseder / Gerfried Stocker / Christine Schöpf: …What it takes to change, Ars Electronica2014, Hatje Cantz, pp. 184-187, 262, ISBN 978-3-7757-3849-1.