Александр Сироус

3 сентября 2021

Oleksandr Sirous is a media and sound artist. He was born in 1996 in Kharkiv. He studied at the Kharkiv Art Collage in the painting department and at the Kharkiv Academy of Design and Arts in the department of graphics. In 2017-2018 was the curator of the new media art course in HudpromLoft (Kharkiv). In 2018 was the curator of the course of new media art in the Kharkiv Academy of Visual Arts.

In 2019 he became one of the founders of FRONTIER, a VR and AR festival in Kharkiv. Since 2019, he has been a teacher at the 3D programming course in the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. He lives and works in Kyiv.

Bifurcation Point

Multidisciplinary installation, generative animation, video projection, sound performance, neural network, 2020

Concpet, direction: Oleksandr Sirous. Webdesign: Danylo Siabro, animation: PRYVYD, sound design: Max Robotov.

The work is based on the formation of a new common reality at the intersection of various cultural codes. These codes are personified by the principles and stylistic means of specific periods of animation and cinema from around the world.

Work, in its most basic form, is a reflection of society and the communication that exists within it.

The first seconds of the work are like a ‘blank sheet’ on which characters and fragments of their surroundings gradually emerge. The sounds in the exhibition space serve as the catalyst for these ‘appearances’. The ‘blank sheet’ is transformed into a workspace, which is divided into basic social structures (frames) that define the cultural code (animation style) of the characters who appear in them.

Regardless of their ‘desire’, the characters are compelled to communicate with one another, creating a soundtrack and, as a result, provoking the appearance of other characters. This exponential multiplication becomes a recurring theme, sparking a discussion about the irreversibility of events and time.

The characters leave their frames and gradually intersect while coexisting. However, they are only capable of reproducing pre-formed behaviours and dialogues formed by a neural network based on phrases / quotes from heroes drawn from world cinema. What appears to be the fundamental impossibility of communication is, in fact, part of the process of forming a new common reality in which everyone is a participant.