the artists

 

First exhibitions of intermedial paintings at TEFAF Maastricht, Ars Electronica, Espace Muraille Geneva, ARTCURIAL, as well as in Galleries and Art Spaces in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna. 

AROTIN & SERGHEI developed their interdisciplinary artworks and projects in a growing network of partners from the world of culture and science, with  philosophers and musicians, and in a direct cooperation with leading art institutions such as Ars Electronica, Klangforum WienMuseum in Progress, Ircam – Centre Pompidou Paris, Ruhrtriennale, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Fondation Beyeler Basel, Artcurial Auction House and La Biennale di Venezia. As European artists representatives they participated at the conference The State of Fine Art in European Parliament. Free Space was the title of their conferences at the Luxemburg University 2010. Cooperations with engineers and developers of avant-guarde techniques, as Active Image, Dominique Renaud, Co-Mining, Solar Impulse a.o.

Infinite Screen is since 2006 an ongoing art project by AROTIN & SERGHEI, that explores the idea of the Infinite which is suggested beyond the visible surface of “everything we see…” – a fundamental questioning of “truth-possibilities”  that led them create a multitude of artworks, paintings, sculptures, drawings, sound composition and large scale installations. The cooperation of both artists led to an ongoing process of artistic collaboration and experimentation founded on the communal desire to explore both real and fictional spaces ranging from the mythological to the digital plains of the future. With the realization of Infinite Screen , supported by the legendary institutions of art as La Biennale di Venezia, Klangforum Wien, Ars Electronica, Museum in Progress, Artcurial and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, such a collaboration comes full circle. The fruition of this fantastic symbiosis and years of research are brought together in this project and publication. Although normally sitting at opposite ends of the spectrum, the missions of these institutions have always been the same according to their own time of founding: to support contemporary art and artists in the comparison of disciplines, traditions, and visions of art. In fulfilling extraordinary projects as Infinite Screen, they enable the beautification and investigations into mythology, history and aesthetics of the world around us by artists such as AROTIN & SERGHEI, and allow the “transgression of known space – the space of free thinking” to expand further into the future realms of creative endeavours.


AROTIN

born: Vienna, grew up in Vienna, Paris, Moscow. 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, Vievienne 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

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.


EXHIBITIONS 

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, cooperation with W&K – Wienerroither Kohlbacher Art 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

early works:

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