In their series Asymptote, Evelyn Bencicova, Adam Csoka Keller and Arielle Esther connect photography, video and sound to create scenes that imagine a dystopian future. Using buildings and locations that the trio believe are "authentic to the era of socialism", their aim is to merge historical events with a fictional scenario to blur the lines between reality and memory.
The featured models in the series pose in coherent geometrical compositions, a symbol of the regime itself. "People create a pattern," says Evelyn. They become part of the overall composition: architecture and society. Each person is stripped of their own individuality to become a unified form, creating an absurd platform where every difference is an anomaly."
The sound of Asymptote fuses digital and analogue processing, extracted from authentic archives from the radio. Evelyn continues: "The acoustic manipulation shifts the collected material into abstract forms, which experiment with the viewer's perception and invites the audience into this the partially absurd game. Spartakiada, a national tradition with its roots in 1955, included colossal gymnastic performances that used choreography to unify people into large patterns and structures.
"The video footage creates a dialogue between the characters and the formations they create, following a sudden deformation by pixels that submerge into digital noise. There is a state of tension and paranoia that is induced by the obsessive repetition of sound and image. All of these elements blend into an audiovisual language creating a characteristic for Asymptote."
You can discover more of Evelyn's work at www.evelynbencicova.com. Or watch the fascinating Asymptote video below. It's certainly a Brave New World.
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