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Concept, production and video: VOLNA
Electronics assembly support: Nikita Savinyh
Camera: Polina Korotaeva, VOLNA
Photo: Valeriy Smirnov
Music (documentation): Lawrence English – “Watching It Unfold” from the album “A Colour For Autumn”
Project commissioned by Goethe-Institut
© VOLNA (2017), Lawrence English (2009)
Schwarzwald is a light installation that was made as a part of the ПУСТ* project. The project reflects on events that took place on December 7–8, 1991, during which time the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus signed the Belavezha Accords, officially dissolving the Soviet Union.
The installation emphasizes the contrast between darkness and brightness, referring to the names of the last two primeval lowland forests in Europe – Schwarzwald (schwarz means black in German) and Belavezhskaya Puscha (Belavezha means white tower in Belarusian). It was inspired by the light that, typically shimmers in the forest: Its glare takes on bizarre forms due to the rays that make their way through the leaves and branches, creating the sense of moving shadows and phantoms of forest creatures.
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