Andrey Chugunov #2
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Andrey Chugunov is a media artist who works at the intersection of digital and analogue media, combining in his practice sound art, light installations, generative graphics, technological sculpture, media performance and work with readymades. In his personal projects he addresses the concepts of morality, temporality, autonomy and fading memory.
In 2018, Andrey was awarded at the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival in the “New Faces” category in the art category. Nominee for the award. Sergei Kuryokhin in the “Science Art” category for 2020, as well as as a member of the 4Zh art group in the “Art in Public Space” category for 2018. Received an honorable mention in the Media Art category and was shortlisted in the Digital Art category as part of the FutureTense Award in 2022. Winner of the Art of Neuroscience competition and nominee for the Niio x AI Art Prizes as part of the pt9 art group in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Andrey's website - https://andreychugunov.com/main
In this episode we:
Let's discuss how specialties not directly related to art become part of artistic practice
The path from music to sound, from sound to audio-visual works and the system
Let's discuss the connection between sound and contemporary art.
— On the dichotomy of control and submission in artistic practice.
— About the process of obtaining a talent visa in the UK.
— About the challenges that artists face after emigrating, and how to adequately respond to them in the process of presenting works at open exhibitions and the real chances of success when using this mechanism.
— About art as a mechanism for creating and manifesting different perspectives.
— About conceptual art and the importance of context.
— On the creation of temporary systems.
— About death and immortality in culture and art, as well as its impact on human experience.
— About anti-war art.
— About avoiding direct statements.
— About selfishness.
— About self-reflection and one’s own identity.
— About the importance of listening and hearing.
— On the role of individualism in history and culture and on inclusive historical narratives.
— About observation as a creative method.
— About favorite projects such as Nam June Paik and “Where Dogs Run.”
Nam June Paik's work, specifically mentioning 'TV Buddha'
Where do Borsh dogs run?
Video about "Borsch" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Link to FB where dogs run: v=LpajylXGM3w&ab_channel=%D0%9C%D1%83%D0%B7%D0%B5%D0%B9%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9%D1%86%D0% B5%D0%BD%D1%82%D1%80%C2%AB%D0%9F%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%89%D0%B0%D0%B4%D1%8C%D0%9C% D0%B8%D1%80%D0%B0%C2%BB
00:11 — The speaker explains how their engineering background and exposure to modern art led them to pursue technological art.
00:26 — The speaker talks about their experience in playing in a band and learning to solder, which sparked their interest in technological art.
00:43 — The speaker describes how their interest in sound and spatial work led them to focus on media installations.
02:18 — The speaker explains how they moved away from music and became more interested in sound practices.
03:22 — The speaker reflects on the abstract nature of music and their desire to explore the personal meeting between music and a person.
04:14 — The speaker talks about their exploration of sound in relation to art and their education in modern art.
05:05 — The speaker explains their shift from recording music to focusing on live improvisation.
06:02 The speaker talks about their current interest in preparing an audiovisual live performance and integrating music with visuals.
07:48 — The speaker explains their transition from using keyboards to exploring sound processing and simple synthesizers.
08:52 — The speaker talks about their preference for using pedals, sound objects, and simple synthesizers to experiment with sound.
10:00 — The speaker discusses their interest in control and the importance of live performance in their artistic practice.
11:18 — The speaker explains their decision to apply for a talent visa and the process of obtaining it.
12:26 — The speaker reflects on the challenges and opportunities of starting afresh in a new place and the importance of making connections and applying for open calls.
20:00 — Conversation about assisting artists who moved to Russia and helping them integrate.
21:20 — Conversation about the process of submitting applications for open calls and the success rate.
23:40 — Conversation about the process of creating and submitting art projects for exhibitions and residencies.
29:30 — Conversation about the value and benefit of art in society and its ability to convey different perspectives.
34:00 — Conversation about the preference for conceptual approaches in art and the importance of context.
40:01 — The artist explains their interest in temporal systems and working with time, events, and temporality.
42:39 — The artist discusses the importance of understanding the topic of death in society and its impact on individuals and the world.
42:45 — The artist discusses the pressure to create anti-military art or art related to certain themes.
44:32 — The artist reflects on their work with stories and narratives, emphasizing the moment of reflection and avoiding direct statements.
46:19 — The artist emphasizes the importance of understanding societal processes that go beyond the limits of human life.
47:02 — The artist reflects on the concept of egoism and its perception in society.
49:33 — The artist discusses the conflict between the Soviet mindset and the post-Soviet infrastructure, leading to revanchism in Russia.
51:39 — The artist shares their thoughts on self-reflection, expression, and the importance of understanding personal identity.
55:51 — The artist reflects on the possibility of personal dialogue and the importance of listening to each other.
58:18 — The artist discusses the need for dialogue between states, diplomacy, and addressing difficult heritage and historical tensions.
01:00:03 — The participants mention the one-sidedness of discussions on the Civil War and the lack of discussion on the other side.
01:01:00 — They highlight the importance of discussing internal social conflicts and the need for a more inclusive historical narrative.
01:01:15 — They discuss Nam June Paik's work, specifically mentioning 'TV Buddha' and appreciating its minimalism and oriental approach.
01:02:09 — They mention the work of the band 'Where Dogs Run' and their use of irony in creating art, particularly referencing their borsch made from newspapers.
01:06:11 — They discuss the importance of acknowledging the inevitability of death and its impact on how people live their lives.
01:08:01 — They emphasize the value of human life and the role of individuals in contributing to culture and human history.
01:16:10 — They highlight the quality of observance as crucial for artists and scientists, allowing them to see things from different perspectives.
01:18:32 — They discuss the function of artists in finding and presenting something from the world, inducing questions and reflections in viewers.