Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu (RO) / Depression, Uncertainty and other Symptoms of Mortality

20.12.2016, at 8 p.m. – 21.12.2016, at 10 p.m.

project developed during artist-in-residence program at Wschodnia Gallery

Conceptual Framework:
An outer voice of reason, narrating the composition of life as we see it, tells us:
we find ourselves living within a global world where borders have been dismantled in the front of the flows of Capital but more have been raised restraining the distribution of wealth around the world and the movement of people. The distribution of knowledge and technology have become, scarcely, present, having as sole purpose the creation of new markets or to assure the freedom of movement of Capital in its continuous search for new territories and cheap labour force.
From the beginning we understand that there are no possible moves, no imaginable constructions and no desired social/eco-systems that will escape the vortex of monetarization. Nonetheless, we continue daydreaming. Pursuing our search for meaning in life we design landscapes that provide the much needed grains of hope for our individual and collective future.
A battle that most of the time seems useless, that most of the time is fueled and strictly dependent of youth. When will one stop her or his struggle to change the world or at least revolt to it outside her or his dreams? At what time is the pressure of death and society corrupting our anarchist soul? At the shelter of youth one can afford to revolt, deny and run from labour. Nothing is to blame here because labour is cruel; being forced to sell your time in order to assure your economic subsistence is brutal; nothing is more frustrating than owning something and never having the time to enjoy it. But the energy of youth is exhaustible and unfortunately the vitality of youth is not accompanied by the wisdom of past mistakes. One should accept the finitude of her or his existence and the relevance of this biological fact in designing systems/futures. A change must occur; social progress should be the goal of all our projects. A new future must be designed outside the monopole of money over life but the tools needed for this construction should not be limited by the wild, totalitarian ideas of the youth nor by some anthropocentric naiveté by levelling the plurality of time flows that compose the matrix of the World (i.e. technologic, social, historical, geological, etc.).
Considering these circumstances, one can accept that the (re)composition of society and the world has to start outside the framework of rupture, of demolition, deconstruction and should flow through the small cracks of autonomy, eroded by years of revolt and social conquest. Or at least, this movement should find its place between the urgency of now along with its long term duration design and instantaneous impact, on the one side, and the very small-scale spatial projects with very long duration ramifications, on the other. By fostering the bits of autonomy scattered across the labour market and carefully designed platforms that will assure the distribution of wealth and knowledge across the world, models of living outside the monopole of the Market should emerge.
Silvia and Bogdan

Artists' Bio:
Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu is an artist couple living and activating in the city of Iasi, Romania. Working together since 2012, the two artists have materialized a series of solo exhibitions, exploring / analyzing / deconstructing / decomposing the paradigm of life exploitation: "In Search for Causes and Realities" (2016, Iasi, Romania), "Clinical Architectures for a Compositionist Future (Part II)" (2016, Iasi, Romania), "Constellations of Desires" (2016, Iasi, Romania), "(No)Future" (2015, Eckernförde, Germany), "No Hope For a Future" (2015, Iasi, Romania), "Metropia" (2014, Iasi, Romania).
In the past the artists have been accepted to several artist-in-residence programs at "Club Electroputere" (2016, Craiova, Romania), "quartier21 / Museums Quartier", (2015, Vienna, Austria), "Otte 1, Kunstlerhaus", (2015, Eckernforde, Germany), "Timisoara Art Encounters Biennial" (2015, Timisoara, Romania), and had video works commissioned by "CAMERA PLUS. Biennial of contemporary photography and moving image" (2016, Iasi, Romania) and "ArtycoK.tv" (2015, Prague, Czech Republic).


Project is subsidized by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.