Dmitry Bulnygin

 Aquarium. 2015. Installation, video mapping, sound. Courtesy of the artist.

Aquarium. 2015. Installation, video mapping, sound. Courtesy of the artist.


 Aquarium. 2015. Installation, video mapping, sound. Courtesy of the artist.

Aquarium. 2015. Installation, video mapping, sound. Courtesy of the artist.


 Aquarium. 2015. Installation, video mapping, sound. Courtesy of the artist.

Aquarium. 2015. Installation, video mapping, sound. Courtesy of the artist.


Aquarium

Installation, video mapping, sound
2015

The project is a video installation employing video mapping technology to create an illusion of a tilted aquarium filled with a mass of fish that is projected onto a parallelepiped. From time to time the water level in the tank drops at a high speed. Because of the disturbance, fish moves chaotically, and in pauses between falls in the water level, it tries to occupy a favorable position at the water's edge to gain access to oxygen. This process is cyclical because once the fish finds itself in a dry aquarium, the water starts to come back, filling the tank to the top.

The project is an allegory of life; the history of mankind is fast forwarded showing how mankind with equal speed multiplies and consumes what is needed for its life. Aquarium here is a symbol of dream inaccessible to a man except through the glass. In contemporary dwellings aquariums with exotic fish act as windows into the dream. In a broader context, objects placed under the glass (of storefronts or museum vitrines) get isolated in the sphere of memory and imagination.


Dmitry Bulnygin (b. 1965, Novosibirsk, Russia) – artist, lives and works in Moscow. Graduated from Architectural Institute of Novosibirsk. Since 1999 works in the field of video and multimedia. In 1999-2004 participated in the projects of the "Blue Noses" art-group. Since 2000 – director of ESF (Extra Short Film festival). Since 2001 performs as vj db. Finalist of the Kandinsky Prize (2010, 2015).