Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov. Closed systems or nothing to do with Tardigrade

Wheat. 2016. Alabaster, pigment, glass, wheat. 45 х 30 cm
28 June, 2016 to 21 July, 2016

We are pleased to present the new project by Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov "Closed systems or nothing to do with Tardigrade" held in the framework of the Parallel program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Tardigrade is a small invertebrate creature known the incredible vitality. For example, it survives in outer space, able to withstand a pressure of six thousand atmospheres and reproduce without fertilization. However this is not the most interesting thing about her, but the fact that during the study of the genome Tardigrada, DNA of bacteria, fungi, plants and much more were found in it. Studies have found that in an adverse period "little water bear" completely dries up, leaving his body for only 1% of water, which leads to DNA degradation. When the danger passes, Tardigrada absorb water, and with it, and the other elements of DNA, which are then cross-linked and restore the damaged biological memory code invertebrate. In case of such random mutations some of the animals die, but survivors acquire new properties, that are easy to pass on to future generations. Thus Tardigrada evolve 10 times faster and more efficiently use the exchange and incorporation of other forms of life.

Tardigrades in this case can be considered as a closed system that interacts with the outside world only in extreme conditions.

Man develops, "feeding" the new data. Periods of rise and flourishing of Homo Sapiens marked free access to knowledge and data, while stagnation is characterized by the lack of news and a failure in the transmission of data. In other periods the effect of the closed system is almost impossible ... Considering the person as a vessel not perceiving new genes and new information - "drying" in unfavorable periods of life and fills during the "thaw" - the project explores the parallels between natural and social phenomena. “Closed systems or nothing to do with Tardigrade» explores the topic of closed systems and the possibility of their conversion in an example biological of objects, considering both violent ways to penetrate the system, natural and accidental.

The project represents a total installation, consisting of a set of exhibits in the form of glass aquariums, and natural objects. Tanks of various shapes, which interact substrates, pigments and materials (eg .: stucco, concrete, acrylic, glycerol, mold, etc.)., are a reflection of the closed system, and the interaction of colors and natural materials permeability characteristic change inside the aquarium system. Natural illustrate intervention in closed systems - lichen on a tree, rock parody diffusion, interaction of plants etc.