OLGA FEDOROVA'S DIGITAL DADA AND MADCAP MICROCOSMS DURING THE LOCKDOWN
Artist Olga Fedorova is a visionary spawning 3D avatars, digital dynamos and madcap microcosms that will singe your subconscious. Her dadaist virtual world full of batty characters, gender-bender compositions, bold colorways, sterile clinical environments, gas- mask wearing figures, cybernetics and spiritual machines could be relatable to current 'quarantine' sitz. Her duo exhibit at Tatjana Pieters gallery in Ghent opened just before the lockdown, but that didn't discourage her to keep creating from her Brussels apartment: 'You do not need to go to Carrera to buy expensive marble. You can create it'. This called for a 'virtual' talk with Olga, who thinks even though we might see a change in art exhibiting, there could be a huge interest in collecting digital art works, niche collaborations between health care industry and digital artists, along with many improvements in our daily routine.
Tell us how streets of Brussels look like now, and how are people coping with current situation and the lockdown?
I live in a quiet part of Brussels. Nothing much seems changed here except for people clapping at 8pm as a symbolic support to the health workers. The rest of the city was deserted for many weeks but now it is slowly coming back to normal. Traffic is back, shops are reopening. Many artists and creatives used this time as inspiration for a new great art. How are you spending your days in quarantine and what are the new things you learned from this restricted time? My routine is the same. I always work. Usually, I watch movies or read when my computer is rendering. I think the society we live in and its future and consumer society with perhaps too much information and too many objects. And we see new faces, doctors and nurses who are making many sacrifices. Some exhibitions are cancelled of course, but it is not a big deal since I can always create my 3D environment. You do not need to go to Carrera to buy expensive marble. You can create it. I am preparing for the next shows in June and September.
Do you think this situation will result in a new art category that relies on 3 D and visual effects? I think we could see more collaborations between 3D artists and the health industry and services. We should think about our future and how we can improve it. You participated in a “Bunker" - virtual exhibit project launched during the lock down. Can you tell us a little bit more about the exhibit? I was invited by Javier and Carlos from @buubuustudio. Bunker is a non-profit, artist-run project sp