- The website is too white, it's not good.
- Yes, but this way you can better see the artworks.
- But it looks empty.
- Yeah I know, but what else can we do? At least it's not messy. I like order, simple things done nicely.
- Let's have at least one image on the homepage! A little hint of color, yes?
- We could ask artists to design a video, an image, a sound, a content we can share on the homepage.
- A cover? What do you think about it?
Intermittently, at a more or less regular pace, free from pressure, PANE project will publish original covers with no boundaries of media, conceived by contributing artists for its homepage.
PANE project inaugurates the series with the work by Nuno Patrício.
COVER 1 - Nuno Patrício, THE KINDRED, 2018
Nuno Patrício (b. 1985) Visual artist based in Lisbon (PT), whose work combines video, installation, sculpture and digital composites, addressing the complexity and influence of visual reminiscence on social and cultural ephemeris. Beyond human subjectivity, Patrício is interested in deconstructing personal references, while exploring the blurred distinction between the physical and the virtual, the natural and the supernatural, all in their corresponding explorations of transmuting visual assemblages. He is also the director of O Fluxo, an online platform that aims to disseminate a critical understanding of contemporary culture by promoting the work of emerging artists, activists, theorists and students from all over the world.
THE KINDRED is a motion arrangement that explores the tortuous journey of a man mutating into something else, something that he doesn't quite understand, standing in a position of not knowing what is real anymore or if it's just his mind playing tricks on him. The video uses several manipulated stills from Michael Haneke's debut feature film 'Der Siebente Kontinent', a 1989 Austrian drama reportedly inspired by a true story of a middle-class family that committed suicide where the male figure is the last one to die. In THE KINDRED, the character finds himself in a similar position, a man who loses part of his humanity and this could be a testimony of his last delusions.
COVER 2 - Jakub Choma, Floating Eyeball, 2019Jakub Choma (b. 1995) Visual artist based in Prague (CZ), studies painting at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Choma uses a variety of materials and digital techniques to create works that often take the form of sculptural collages or complex, layered environments.
Archaeologists have found conjoined parts of human skin that date back to 40,000 years BC. Characteristic places of adhesion were the skin of limbs, most often the hands. The study showed that adhesion occurred in the process of their life. In places of adhesion, the skin thickness increased on average by twenty-seven times, forming a hard, non-elastic skin plate. Analysis of these plates showed that the skin in the areas of adhesion was not exposed to physical impact, in other words, adhesion was not caused by any external factors. Inside the plates the solidified nests of ancient species of flies were found, filled with their larvae. These flies laid larvae in layers of the skin of ancient amphibians and mammals, and carried the virus, widespread at the time and whose strain was only recently discovered. This virus was able to change the genetic code of an infected animal, which eventually led to irreversible mutations. The larvae of the virus flies infected the host, feeding on skin and blood during the process of growth. One would have thought that the ancient people became carriers of the larvae of this fly by chance, like animals. However, a human of that time produced a special skin enzyme that scared these flies off. In addition, accidental infection could not explain adhesion of the skin of infected people. It is known that infected people artificially lowered the level of the enzyme by eating certain types of herbs. Based on this data, it turns out that the ancient people infected themselves with the larvae of the flies-virus carriers in a special way, and it was larvae that subsequently caused the adhesion of the skin tissue.
Two people tied their limbs, having previously placed the fly larvae under the bondage. The larvae bit into their skin and nested, causing growth and adhesion of tissues. Due to this, synchronous genetic mutations began to occur in conjoined bodies. Such synchronous mutations of the bodies of two separate people became known as one of the oldest extra-linguistic exchange of information, deliberately carried out by humans.
Natalya Serkova (b. 1988, Omsk, Russia) is a writer and art theorist, currently based in Moscow, Russia. She is completing her degree in Philosophy in RSUH, Moscow. Natalya is a co-founder of TZVETNIK, a project exploring and promoting contemporary art from around the world. Her book ‘That What Might Be Given’ («То, что может быть дано»), written in a genre of theory fiction, was published in 2017 in Russian. She is a contributor to Moscow Art Magazine, e-flux journal, RevistaArta, isthisit?, OFluxo and others.